IDPs in Homs speak of their harsh living conditions

Internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Homs describe the difficult living conditions and daily challenges that they face.

One man who had been displaced from his home in Ghirnata village managed to find shelter in a storehouse. “There are no ceilings, no doors, nothing,” he said. “There are no windows. There is no wood nor fuel.”

Others try to find any materials they can burn in order to keep warm. Rubber bands or shoes were all one man could find. “There is no fuel,” said the man, “and even if there was, we wouldn’t be able to afford it. One litre is 400 or 425 Syrian Liras.”

Their troubles are compounded by the freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall which hit the region over recent weeks.

Elsewhere in Syria, displaced persons struggle in poor conditions amid bad weather, and talk about their experiences living in temporary camps.