62 children died in NE Syria camp this year: Save the Children
Published: 01:17 PM, 23 September 2021
Children at a camp in northeastern Syria; Photo: Collected
Save the Children, an organization that works to improve the lives of children through better education, health care, and economic opportunities as well as providing emergency aid in natural disasters, war, and other conflicts, said 62 children had died of various causes in northeastern Syria so far this year, including violence, disease and accidents.
Save the Children said Thursday that two children die every week in Al-Hol, one of the overcrowded Syrian camps where families with suspected links to the Islamic State (IS) group are stranded.
“A total of 73 people, including two children, were murdered in Al-Hol alone so far this year,” the charity said.
Save the Children said many countries, including EU states, were “abandoning thousands of children” in their desert limbo, vulnerable to violence, fires, malnutrition and illness.
The organization said a total of 40,000 children from 60 different countries were living in dire conditions in the camps of Roj and Al-Hol in northeastern Syria.
“Many of the world’s richest countries have failed to bring home the majority of their children stuck in” the two displacement camps, the group said in a statement.
The remote camps managed by the Kurdish forces that control the area were meant to house the families of men who had been detained over suspected ties to the IS group.
However, they also hold many families who simply fled IS occupation of their homes in Iraq and Syria. Some have been there for more than four years. – AFP