Deir ez-Zour has been a site of intense fighting for a lengthy period of time. Large portions of the city have been emptied as a result and many of those who have been displaced are living in camps outside the city. There has been a recent campaign launched by Syrian activists called “Death Camps”, which seeks to shed light on the unbearable conditions in which these displaced people are living.
Many of those that escaped their homes were unable to take their possessions with them and so have been stranded without money and documents, making it difficult for families to purchase basic necessities and to register for support from municipal and international organisations.
Several “death camps” are located in desert areas to which the United Nations cannot gain accesses due to the danger that ISIS poses in the passages leading to these camps. Those lucky enough to receive aid only get sparse amounts of food and drink and this aid is getting more and more infrequent as the conflict in Syria lingers on.
Al-Saad Camp is said to be the most crowded and unfavourable of all the camps. Six people have recently died in the camp as a result of the severe heat. Other camps have been designated as “death camps” by the Syrian activists, such as al-Hawl, and al-Mabrouka camps, which has accommodated displaced Iraqis, Syrians and Kurds.
Similar IDP (Internally Displaced People) camps have been set up around Raqqa as the battle for the city has been raging. It is estimated that around 200,000 displaced people reside in these camps. Most of these are situated in areas held by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the most prominent of these is the Ein Issa camp. Those staying in the Ein Issa camp suffer from similar problems of shortages of basic necessities, despite the rounds of international help that it has received.