Heavy rains turn refugee camp into ‘mud swamp’


October 16, 2014

Idlib

NO SANCTUARY: Heavy rains poured down on Aleppo province’s Bab a-Salama refugee camp on the Syrian-Turkish border Wednesday, home to more than 10,000 displaced Syrians from Aleppo and Hama, turning the camp into “a mud swamp,” the camp’s administration was quoted by pro-opposition Aleppo News as saying.

Camp administrators called on humanitarian organizations to intervene immediately to aid hundreds of people whose tents were flooded, such as the unnamed woman pictured above.

Aside from dealing with heavy rains, residents of Bab a-Salama do not own appropriate clothing for the winter, reported pro-opposition news network Siraj Press.

Bab a-Salama is not the only Syrian refugee camp to suffer from winter-related ills.

Last winter, 12 children died in camps across Syria due to the extreme cold, reported Al-Jazeera.

In 2013, 500 tents in Zaatari camp in Jordan were destroyed, and “some [refugees] decided to return to Syria, as they prefer the danger of war in their own country to the sight of seeing their children die in refugee camps,” Wael Suleiman, head of Caritas in Jordan, was quoted as saying in January 2014.

-October 16, 2014

-Photo courtesy of E.N.N

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