Kur­dish Chil­dren be­come vic­tims of Syr­ian War

Over 1.5 mil­lion peo­ple have fled from the hor­rific vi­o­lence in Syria, half of them chil­dren

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE -

Since more than six months, res­i­dents of the north-eastern city of Qamishli suf­fer from an acute short­age in ba­sic sup­plies, es­pe­cially the in­fant for­mula, in­di­cat­ing a se­vere hu­man­i­tar­ian con­di­tion in the area.

The city of Qamishli, were the Kurds form a ma­jor­ity of the pop­u­la­tion, was con­sid­ered over months a ' safe haven' for dis­placed fam­i­lies from other cities, as the city en­joyed a rel­a­tively se­cure at­mos­phere in com­par­i­son with other ar­eas that see con­tin­u­ous clashes be­tween forces loyal to the regime of Pres­i­dent Bashar al-As­sad and the rebels.

How­ever, Qamishli started to wit­ness spo­radic clashes since few months, as the op­po­si­tion armed groups con­stantly at­tempted to take over some ar­eas in­side and around the city. Ap­par­ently, the in­se­cu­rity that started to pre­vail across the north-eastern re­gion in Syria seems to have caused a re­mark­able short­age in ba­sic sup­plies, with a re­ported dif­fi­culty of re­ceiv­ing a suf­fi­cient hu­man­i­tar­ian aid from neigh­bor­ing coun­tries.

A few weeks ago, a num­ber of ship­ments full of hu­man­i­tar­ian aid were robbed by un­known armed groups be­fore ar­riv­ing in the city.

Ac­cord­ing to ac­tivists, the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment sup­plied the north­ern ar­eas of Syria with a num­ber of ship­ments of hu­man­i­tar­ian aid, but still scarcity is re­mark­able.

Roj is a re­lief or­ga­ni­za­tion stuffed by Kur­dish ac­tivists and sup­ported by the Nor­we­gian or­ga­ni­za­tion of Bao. A mem­ber of the or­ga­ni­za­tion told ARA News that they are mak­ing con­sid­er­able ef­forts to aid the res­i­dents of the north­ern and north-eastern ar­eas in Syria, “but some se­cu­rity re­stric­tions pre­vent the or­ga­ni­za­tion from per­form­ing its duty ef­fi­ciently,” he said.

“We faced var­i­ous ob­sta­cles while try­ing to cross the Iraqi-Syr­ian borders, be­side the big dif­fi­culty in reach­ing those in need due to the preva­lence of armed groups and the in­ter­fer­ence in our work,” he re­vealed to ARA News.

Due to the sharp short- age in the in­fants’ for­mula, with an in­abil­ity to en­sure al­ter­na­tive sources, dozens of in­fants in Qamishli died re­cently, and ac­tivists re­ported that the sit­u­a­tion is wors­en­ing in the area and that the num­ber of vic­tims among in­fants and chil­dren may grow dra­mat­i­cally if the sit­u­a­tion would con­tinue this way.

The United Na­tions Chil­dren’s Fund UNICEF re­ported a few weeks ago that more than 700.000 chil­dren are among those who fled vi­o­lence in Syria.

“Over 1.5 mil­lion peo­ple have fled from the hor­rific vi­o­lence in Syria, half of them chil­dren. And for the mil­lions more who are still liv­ing in Syria, ev­ery sin­gle day is a strug­gle. Chil­dren have been dis­placed, lost homes and schools, strug­gled to get clean wa­ter, food and warmth,” the re­port read. “UNICEF is work­ing on the ground in Syria and neigh­bor­ing coun­tries to pro­vide clean wa­ter, cloth­ing and med­i­cal care for chil­dren. We're also run­ning child-friendly spa­ces where chil­dren can be safe and help­ing chil­dren who have suf­fered psy­cho­log­i­cal dis­tress. Right now, our re­sources are at break­ing point. Without ex­tra fund­ing we won't be able to reach ev­ery child who needs us.”

This pic­ture shows chil­dren of Syr­ian Kur­dish dis­placed fam­i­lies from the Domiz Camp in Duhok.

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