Millions of Syrians have been displaced from their home over the past few years as the armed conflict between the various groups and factions in the country witnesses few signs of de-escalation. There are dozens of camps strewn across Syria that are housing the internally displaced. Nevertheless, they are living in treacherous conditions due to the lack of sustainable aid and financial support allocated to these camps.
This is the Rafid camp, located in Quneitra province, which is in the south-westernmost corner of the country, bordering the Golan Heights, Jordan and the Daraa province of Syria. Those who have been displaced to Rafid camp have settled there as a result of the recent clashes between rebel factions and the regime’s Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the northern areas of Quneitra province.
There is a severe lack of basic necessities in the camp as its inhabitants prepare for the harsh conditions of the oncoming winter. They say that the tents housing them are not strong enough to insulate them and withstand the winter conditions.
Those managing the camp have done their utmost to set up tents and provide any basic materials at their disposal, however, they receive very little support from the local governing bodies and charitable organisations.
One inhabitant of Rafid camp remarks that there is an acute need for aid to be provided for children in the form of food, medicine and heating materials.
Other areas of Syria are experiencing similar problems. Recent clashes over the past few weeks in the provinces of Homs, Hama and Idlib have led to the displacement of tens of thousands of people who have been settled in various camps and are suffering from similar difficult conditions.
The UN recently estimated that there are over 13 million Syrians that are in current need of aid, despite an apparent drop in violence in the country.