Misery ‘Every Day, Every Hour’ in Syrian Camp. And Now, It’s Grown Critical.


Vicious sandstorms are only one of many concerns for the increasingly desperate families in the Rukban refugee camp, in southern Syria on the border with Jordan. The UN warned that humanitarian conditions have reached a critical level and aid groups are scrambling to reach the area, but a long-term plan for relief remains elusive. “We don’t have doctors here, and people here are poor. They depend on aid that is coming from the UN and NGOs,” a camp resident said, worrying that the camp could face a “humanitarian catastrophe.” The situation for the estimated 45,000 people living in the camp will worsen further with the cold winter months fast approaching, especially when temperatures dip below freezing point in the harsh desert conditions.

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