المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

“Humiliation for aid” | Humanitarian organizations and voluntary teams exploits children in refugee camps to get further subsidies

Some humanitarian organizations continue exploiting displaced people in north-western Syria by taking photos showing, in a degrading manner, the dire conditions they are suffering from in return for providing aid. Activists occasionally circulate pictures with the logos of humanitarian organizations and charities on them, showing children and even women while begging for these organizations’ supplies and services.

 

Such pictures have ignited popular anger, as people describe this course as “humiliation for aid”. Humanitarian organizations and voluntary teams intentionally show children in demeaning images without winter clothes or shoes, so that these organizations could get further subsidies and funds.

 

It is worth noting that the refugee camps in north-western Syria experience disastrous humanitarian situations, as SOHR activists reported that over 1,000 tents in more than 150 refugee camps in Idlib were flooded and damaged due to heavy rain in the past few days.

 

SOHR activists previously documented the entry of patients and emergency cases to Turkey after direct mediations by Turkish officials and organizations affiliated to the civil community, which sought for trading in humanitarian cases by promoting such cases on media via activists inside Syria. Accordingly, praise and commendation which improve the image of specific Turkish figures and humanitarian organizations become the price for allowing children and emergency cases to access to Turkey where they could receive treatment in hospitals there.

 

It is worth noting that the there are hundreds of people in north-western Syria have serious diseases, scores of whom have died before these “exploiters” invested their sufferings.

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