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Refugees in the al-Hol refugee camp in northern Syria spoke out about the camp's miserable conditions in exclusive footage filmed by Ruptly on Thursday, with doctors facing a critical shortage of medicine and children dying from malnutrition and dehydration.
The director of the camp's emergency ward, Raman Wisso, from the Kurdish Red Crescent, said that 260 refugees from... Еще the camp had died in or on the way to hospitals in the nearby city of Hasakeh. He said doctors in the camp were working under intense pressure due to a lack of antibiotics and antipyretics.
«In most cases, children died due to malnutrition» he said, before adding that «most children who die are less than five years old.»
Wisso explained that «other children had war injuries like shrapnel or bullets, but most of them died because of shrapnel by mines and explosions or so on.»
Seventeen-year-old refugee and mother of two, Wafaa Ali al-Turki fled Baghouz in January. She recounted that the situation in the besieged city was so dire that she and her children were forced to eat grass to survive. Once she reached the camp, she found that crucial supplies such as milk and nappies for children were in short supply.
«What is not available is milk for children. We were told that we would receive milk and nappies, but we had none. We had some when we first arrived, then we had none,» she said.
The camp, which is under the control of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), has experienced a sharp increase in population since the start of the year, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), with figures jumping from 11,000 to over 74,000 people in just a few months.
In addition, the head of the ICRC Peter Maurer has said that mothers and children make up most of the population of the al-Hol camp, many of whom are unaccompanied or orphaned.