Violence, displacement continue, as 29 babies die of cold in northeast Syria camp

31 January 2019

The World Health Organization (WHO) says it’s extremely concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Al-Hol camp in Syria’s Al-Hasakeh Governorate, where 11 infants are reported to have died due to cold, in the past two days alone.

Over the last two months, approximately 23,000 people, mainly women and children fleeing hostilities in rural areas of neighbouring Deir Ezzour, have arrived in the camp. 

At least 29 children and newborns have succumbed in the past eight weeks, mainly from hypothermia, while travelling to the camp or shortly after arrival.

Abdelmonem Makki spoke to WHO representative in Syria, Elizabeth Hoff, who said staff in the camp were “working round the clock”, to try and prevent further tragic loss of life, amidst desperate conditions.

Audio Credit:
Abdelmonem Makki, UN News - Arabic
Audio Duration:
5'10"

 

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