Aid & Development

Syria: After Months Of Suffering, Aid Convoys Finally Arrive To Rukban Camp

Syria

The first convoy of humanitarian aid has arrived at the Rukban camp on the Syrian-Jordanian border after months-long interruption.

The prayers of the residents of Rukban Refugee Camp on the Syrian-Jordanian border have finally been heard. For the first time in months, a humanitarian aid envoy has arrived at the camp bringing with it food and medical supplies.

During the past few months, over 35 displaced people, mostly children, have died due to a lack of medicine, food, and clothes to keep them warm during the winter weather. As a result, international aid organisations have made plea after plea to the Syrian and Jordanian Governments to allow them to deliver aid to the residents.

The latest aid delivery sent by the UN delivered over 845,000 food baskets along with vaccines and other medical supplies.

These supplies will be distributed to the 50,000 residents currently living there.

According to activists, the last aid envoy to reach the Rukban camp arrived in November last year after the Assad regime allowed the UN to deliver aid to the refugees currently living there.

On the other hand, activists have also blamed Jordan for not allowing the residents of Rukban to enter the country to receive medical treatment.

Due to this siege laid by the two countries, dozens of citizens have died over the past few years.

In late January, the Jordanian Minister of Media Affairs, Jumana Ghunaimat, said that her country is in tripartite talks with Russia and the US to potentially close the camp, transferring its residents to other parts of Syria and return those wanting to go home back to their cities.

However, according to many activists within the camp, the idea of going home is a frightening thought given that their cities are now under the Syrian regime’s control. This fear stems out of the reports coming from returnees who have claimed that government is arresting many citizens under false pretences, and forcing returning youth to conscript into the army.

While the idea of shutting down the camp sounds like a far-fetched one, the citizens of the camp have expressed their happiness with the latest aid delivery, and hope that more aid will come their way.