Have fled scourges of war and atrocities by regime | Families inhabiting devastated schools appeal to save them from dreadful living conditions • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights
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Have fled scourges of war and atrocities by regime | Families inhabiting devastated schools appeal to save them from dreadful living conditions

For over 11 years the Syria’s war has been raging, along with ongoing atrocities committed by the Syrian regime, which affected the entire Syrian people and forced many to immigrate or displace to other areas inside the country just to survive.

 

Khadija Al-Kubra school in Al-Raqqah province, which has sustained considerable damage due to the war and violent battles, hosts several families from different Syrian provinces. These families are struggling with dreadful living conditions, while children, women and people with special needs among these families receive too little support.

 

Speaking to SOHR, a 34-year-old civilian known by his initials as A. K. from Al-Joura neighbourhood in Deir Ezzor province, who lives with his wife and their ten children in a devastated classroom in that school, said that he sustained an injury in his hand due to earlier bombardment on Deir Ezzor, which had made him unable to provide for his family. The man and his wife have found themselves are obligated to force their children to collect plastic and used metal and objects from street in order to be able to secure their essentials. The man’s wife who is called “Maryam,” said that one of her children was injected by unknown person in a street in Al-Raqqah, which has made him sick in bed for a week.

 

Maryam said, “in winter, we are forced to set fire to cardboard and plastic for heating, while my children have failed to go to school because of our extreme poverty and inability to provide financial support.

 

Another woman in her forties known as M. from Homs city, who inhabits in a devastated classroom with her husband and their two children said that her husband work in collecting garbage from houses and pick iron and metal objects, cardboard and copper to sell them. She said that this is their only source of income.

 

A 35-year-old woman from Maadan area which is under the control of Iranian-backed militias in the eastern countryside of Al-Raqqah told SOHR that she has ten children, two of which are with special needs, and they have no enough money to pay rental fees of a house.

 

A 50-year-old divorced woman from Al-Maghallah area in the eastern countryside of Al-Raqqah has told SOHR that we live below the poverty line. I have a blind children, and I lost two daughters in the explosion of a landmine. The remaining three children work in collecting plastic bags from streets in order to be able to secure our basic needs in this devastated classroom.

 

SOHR sources in Al-Raqqah have confirmed that the Syrian families inhabiting in Khadija Al-Kubra school are struggling with disastrous humanitarian situation because of the lack of support, child labour, illiteracy and the spread of diseases and infections, especially since many individuals of these families, mainly children, work in collecting garbage from dumpsters.

 

Accordingly, these families have appealed to SOHR to highlight their sufferings and dreadful living conditions, and to call upon the international community and organisations operating in Al-Raqqah to support them and work on putting an end to their tragedy.