المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

One bundle of bread is all that humanitarian organizations offer in “Al-Wadi Camp” north of Salqin, and more than 3000 displaced people are in dire conditions

The camp of “Al-Wadi” is one of tens camps that accommodates displaced people who fled the intensive shelling that targeted many villages and towns within the “de-escalation” zone.

The camp is located north of Salqin town in the northern countryside of Idlib, near the border with Iskenderun, and the camps are suffering from significant deterioration in terms of the service and living conditions.

According to information obtained by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights; the camp accommodates nearly 800 families, and it was established on the 15th of October 2018, with individual efforts by people displaced from the villages and towns of the southern countryside of Idlib and both northern and western countryside of Hama, the camp used to house no more than 500 families, then and during the latest escalation on the “de-escalation” zone, 300 families joined those already there in the camp.

Sources informed the SOHR that Al-Wadi Camp is one of the most marginalized camps in the north of Salqin town, where the camp was drowned almost completely during the past few days due to the heavy rain, which caused floods within the camp and water entered the tents, and no humanitarian organization lent a helping hand to the camp’s inhabitants.

Since the camp was established, no organization has provided it with what needed to ensure the families stability, with the exception of only one organization that offers only one bundle of bread to each family everyday, since the rain started and the routes to the camps were cut off, the organization has stopped to deliver bread to the affected families.

SOHR also monitored tragic situation of the displaced people in “Al-Wadi Camp”, where a large number of tents in it are ramshackle and its ground is not prepared, where it turned into mud after the fall of rain, the camp also lack toilets and well-functioning sanitation, and the families there suffer from acute shortage in food, supplies, medical supplies and potable water, as well as lack of heating material in the light of the cold winter.

The camp’s inhabitants in general suffer from extreme poverty and they are not able to secure their personal necessities, many of them turned to work in olive harvesting with a daily wage of only 1000 SYL, to secure their needs.

For heating, the inhabitants of the camp turn to pick out wood and plastic from the garbage and set them on fire to get the tent warm, consequently, the inhabitants suffer from bad smells as they depend on materials that produce toxic substances when being set on fire.

Through SOHR, the displaced people in “Al-Wadi Camp” appealed to all humanitarian organizations, charities and relevant authorities to take the camp into consideration and provide it with needed supplies and to lend a helping hand for the displaced families.

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