Internally displaced persons (IDP) in the Killi IDP Camp in the Idlib Province of Syria are living in dire conditions that are expected to deteriorate over the weekend.
The majority of people stranded at the Killi Camp, located at the northern tip of Idlib Province, have been displaced from their homes across Idlib Province as well as neighbouring Hama Province to the south. This from report took interviews from residents of Kafr Nabl, al-Habeet and al-Haweez.
Conditions in the camp are treacherous as people are living in mud and among rocky land in a dry and mountainous region, with not a tree in sight. Food and clean water are scarce and the equipment and materials necessary to battle the coming harsh winter conditions are lacking.
The locals of the camp have made calls to international organisations to send aid and improve the living conditions in Killi as the winter season is fast approaching.
“We are calling on the organisations to offer some aid just to improve our situation. We are not living properly here. Everyone here has left their homes and their hometowns. They’ve left behind whatever livelihoods they had to come and live in the mountains and among the rocks”, lamented Mansur Abu Adil, a displaced person from Kafr Nabl.
Aid organisations working on the ground in Syria are fearful of another humanitarian crisis this year. It is estimated that around one million people will be affected by the change in weather conditions in Idlib Province alone. A statement was released in early September by the Syrian Response Coordinators group in which it is said that “63,981 displaced people living in 1153 camps, among them 242 in “informal camps” where there were no humanitarian services, were at risk as winter approaches”.
The effect of cold weather on displaced people stranded in IDP camps in Syria has been a common theme each winter over the course of the civil conflict in the country and it is a period of annual humanitarian scares, evoking responses from international humanitarian organisations.