Syria: Idlib IDP Camps on the Brink of a Humanitarian Crisis

Russia attacks Syrian refugee camp near Jordanian border
Previous attacks by Russian airstrikes on internal refugee camp near Idlib, Syria

After ACTED non-governmental organization stopped its support for the camps of al-Bonyab al-Marsous and Othman Ben Affan near Darkush in Idlib countryside, the sufferings of the refugees in the camps aggravated.

These camps accommodate refugees who had fled their villages in Idlib western countryside last year due to intensive raids of Assad’s regime forces supported by Russia.

The refugees suffer a lot of difficulties in providing their basic living needs, especially the heating to protect themselves from the severe cold of winter, amid a strange silence by humanitarian organizations in charge of taking care of refuges, which stopped providing assistance for the displaced citizens from the country sides of Lattkia and western Idlib.

Abdul Jabbar al-Khalil, the director of al-Bonyab al-Marsous refugee camp said to Baladi News, “We were astonished at the decision of ACTED organization. They notified us on Friday that the stopped pumping drinking water to the camp without explaining the reasons, although they know that the camp does not belong to any supporting party and does not receive any type of reliefs, except for water supplied by ACTED.”

“The refugees in the camp demonstrated against the decision and asked the organization to pump the water again,” added the speaker, highlighting that the residents in the camp are women and people with special needs.

Al-Khalil warned that a humanitarian crisis could sweep the camp with the onset of winter, emphasizing the need for real support at the service, health, and humanitarian levels to mitigate the displacement sufferings of people.

The Syrian crisis began as a peaceful demonstration against the injustice in Syria. Assad regime used to fire power and violence against the civilians and led to armed resistance. 450.000 Syrians lost their lives in the past five years according to UN estimates, and more than 12 million have lost their homes.