News / Middle East

Syrian Refugees Watch Violence Unfold from Border Camp

Syrian Refugees Watch Violence Unfold From Border Campi
|| 0:00:00
X
Henry Ridgwell
July 16, 2012 8:36 PM
More than 300 people a day are fleeing Syria into Turkey to escape the conflict between government forces and the opposition. At Kilis camp on the Turkish border, refugees watch as the violence unfolds just a few kilometers away. Henry Ridgwell visited the camp and reports.
Henry Ridgwell
KILIS, Turkey — More than 300 people a day are fleeing Syria into Turkey to escape violence between government forces and the opposition. At Kilis camp on the Turkish border, refugees watch as the violence unfolds just a few kilometers away.

Syrian helicopters buzz rebel-held territory - occasionally firing rockets that raise plumes of smoke. Army snipers holed up in a minaret take aim at anyone trying to flee Syria.

Kilis refugee camp in Turkey is at the border.  The Syrian flag flies just a few hundred meters from the revolutionary colors hoisted above the camp.

Syrian government forces occasionally fire through the perimeter fence. Two people were killed and 23 wounded during such an attack in April.  One refugee points to the bullet holes in the walls and windows of his cabin.

"My cousin was injured in the attack," he said. "He was shot in the hip… he is still in hospital."

A concrete wall has since been built to offer some protection. It is now a canvas for anti-Assad graffiti.

Another man shows us scars he says are from being tortured in a Syria jail. He is now a fighter with the Free Syrian Army.

Twenty-seven thousand refugees have crossed from Syria; 11,500 live in this camp, which is now full.  Hope that the conflict may end soon is waning.

Clinics provide urgent and ongoing medical care for the hundreds of injured and sick.

There are two mosques, general stores, a laundry - all lend an air of permanence to the camp.

Fumigator trucks make an attempt to tackle the flies.

Despite some complaints, the refugees say they are grateful to the Turkish government for offering them shelter.  Their anger is directed at Syria's allies like Russia who they blame for arming President Assad's forces.

One elderly man says countries like Iran and Russia and Venezuela are supporting the Assad regime. "This is a criminal regime," he said. "We need the rest of the world to make themselves the friends of the Syrian people, to support the FSA and support democracy - not just in words but actions."

Another man asks why the United States is ignoring the Syrians. "Why doesn't the United States stop Russia killing in Syria?" he said.

For the refugees at Kilis, the complexities of international politics mean little. They have front row seats as the killing continues just over the border.

You May Like

Video On the Scene: In Gaza, Darkness Brings Dread and Death

Palestinians fear nighttime raids, many feel abandoned by outside world, VOA's Scott Bobb reports More

African Small Farmers Could Be Key to Ending Food Insecurity

Experts say providing access to microloans, crop insurance, better storage facilities, irrigation, road systems and market information could enable greater production More

University of Michigan Wins Solar Car Race

Squad guided its student-designed solar-powered vehicle to fifth consecutive time victory in eight-day bi-annual American Solar Challenge More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spati
X
Reasey Poch
July 28, 2014 7:18 PM
China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spat

China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video ESA Spacecraft to Land on a Comet

After a long flight through deep space, a European Space Agency probe is finally approaching its target -- a comet millions of kilometers away from earth. Scientists say the mission may lead to some startling discoveries about the origins of the water on earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Young Africans Arrive in US for Leadership Program

President Barack Obama's Young African Leadership Initiative has brought hundreds of young Africans to the United States for a six-week program aimed at building their knowledge and skills in fields such as public administration and business. Out of the 50,000 young Africans who applied for the program, just one percent was accepted. VOA's Laurel Bowman caught up with some of those who made the cut and has this report.
Video

Video In Honduras, Amnesty Rumors Fuel US Migration Surges

False rumors in Central America are fueling the current surge of undocumented young people being apprehended at the U.S. border. The inaccurate claims suggest the U.S. will give amnesty to young migrants from the region. As VOA's Brian Padden reports from Honduras, these rumors trace back to President Obama's 2012 executive order to halt deportations for some young undocumented immigrants already living in the United States.
Video

Video Students in Business for Themselves

They're only high school students, but they are making accessories for shoes, fabricating backpacks and doing product photography - all through their own businesses. It's the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization that teaches entrepreneurship and their schools. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan and Deyane Moses met the budding entrepreneurs near Los Angeles.
Video

Video Astronauts Train in Underwater Lab

In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.

AppleAndroid