About 250 displaced families in “al-Abbas” camp in Idlib countryside fight displacement in its worst form as humanitarian organizations turn a blind eye
As winter enters, the living conditions in the displacement camps at the Syrian north worsens, particularly the random camps scattered in many villages and towns in the northern and western countryside of Idlib, these camps lack support in light of the absence of care from humanitarian organizations operating in the Syrian north, in addition to the fact that it doesn’t follow the management of displaced people’ affairs, making these camps live real tragic situation.
“Al-Abbas” camp located on the outskirts of Hazzano town north of Idlib, and it is one of those camps where the residents live in tragic conditions after the first days of winter and rainfall. the camp lacks all necessities of life, including food, medicine, water and services, as the humanitarian organizations and responsible parties see it all.
In his testimony to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, one of the administrators of the camp said: “al-Abbas camp is located on the northern outskirts of Hazzano town in the northern countryside of Idlib, which was established on the 15th of February 2018, by the hands of the people who were displaced from several towns and villages in the southern countryside of Idlib, the camp was built on agricultural land of one of the donors, with individual efforts without the intervention of any humanitarian organization, we raised money from the displaced people, prepared the camp, and bought some tents, and the number of families at that time was only 150.
In year after their displacement, these families faced very difficult living conditions, because they ran out of food and drinking water, and due to the worsening of the service situation, and after the recent displacement in areas of the southern countryside of Idlib and the northern and western countryside of Hama, many families headed towards the camp and the number of displaced families became about 240, and the suffering multiplied dramatically, we appealed to many humanitarian organizations to provide the camp with several tents, but no body responded, so some of the displaced people bought used tents while others set up tents using whatever available, and some of them went to live with their relatives in the camp.”
He also added: “as the rain began, the camp overflowed with rainwater and the water entered the tents and it was badly damaged, the camp’s residents experienced a very tragic situation, the floor of the camp needs to be prepared asap by covering it with stones, as well as to establish and prepare roads and paving them, in addition to replacing tents, providing families with heating materials such as firewood, diesel, or charcoal, and also providing them with food, supplies, drinking water, clothing and medicines.”
A displaced person from Khan Shaykhun town in the southern countryside of Idlib also spoke to the “Syrian Observatory” about his living situation in al-Abbas camp, he said: “We have been displaced from Khan Shaykhun city since the beginning of the escalation operation and the city was heavily bombed by warplanes and helicopters, I went with 4 families of my relatives to the Syrian north looking for a homes for rent, whose prices have risen dramatically, after a long trouble and due to my inability to rent a house; my family of 7 went to al-Abbas camp in Hazzano town in the northern countryside of Idlib, we live here in very difficult circumstances, the basic elements of life are not available, we have not received any assistance from the humanitarian organizations of which there are so many in the Syrian north, and over the past few days, we have encountered great difficulties because of the rains and the complete sinking of the camp.” He added: “the displaced people need a lot of supplies, and we call on all humanitarian organizations to consider the situation of the families in al-Abbas camp, to prevent a humanitarian disaster from happening as rain intensifies, in the light of the absence of support from the camp and being empty of all the necessary supplies.”
“Observatory’s Lens”: About 250 families live in a tragic situation in “al-Abbas” camp near Hazzano town in the northern countryside of Idlib