In May, UNICEF abruptly reduced the water supply to Rukban camp, in Syria’s southern desert. Feeling abandoned by the international community, local groups and Syrian aid organizations are stepping in to relieve the parched camp.
With vital smuggling routes cut off by Damascus, residents of southern Syria’s Rukban camp are facing the latest in a long line of humanitarian crises, with no help in sight.
In the remote Rukban camp, falcon trapping has become an obsession among the desperate residents. But while hunters dream of changed lives, birds pay a high price.
In addition to the food blockade imposed by the Assad regime since 2016, al-Rukban camp, in the no-man's-land along the Syrian-Jordanian border, suffers a medical blockade following the close of the UNICEF medical point on the Jordanian side of the border in March 2020.