Family suffocated due to primitive heating in a tent
The Syria Response Coordinators team documented recently nine deaths in displacement camps as a result of cold, as well as suffocation and burns due to primitive heating. A doctor in Afrin city published the death story of a child yesterday on her way to hospital due to the cold.
The team appealed to humanitarian organisations to assist the displaced in the camps in light of the significant drop in temperatures and the inability of the displaced to bear the costs of heating within the camps.
Activists shared a photo of a family from the town of Kafruma in the southern Idlib countryside, consisting of 4 people who had suffocated last Tuesday, in the “Al-Dhiaa” camp in the town of Kelly, near Sarmada city, adjacent to Turkish border in the northern Idlib countryside.
The father’s brother wrote a post on his Facebook account, in which he explained that his brother, Sutauf Hammadi, his wife and daughter Hoda (14 years old) and his granddaughter Hoor, “They passed away in Al-Dhiaa camp, Kelly after trouble and oppression that the mountains cannot bear, after they suffocated inside a primitive tent.”
Last Sunday, a 3-year-old child died in the “Qatari” camp near the city of Azaz, north of Aleppo, due to the severe cold caused by the frost wave that is still continuing in the area, in light of the tragic conditions of the displaced people in the camps.
Today, Thursday, Dr. Hussam Adnan, a worker at the Afrin City Hospital, published the story of the death of a child, whose father carried her on foot from a camp near the city, several kilometres away, because she was suffering from a simple respiratory infection, “and he brought everything he owned in his mangled tent to warm her.”
As soon as the girl’s father arrived at the hospital, it became clear to the doctors that the child passed away without her father noticing this, and the doctor added, “He walked between the remains of his country’s rubble, then he stumbled and made it over his head. The wind surprised him and so he protected her with his back, between the ice-filled pits he walked with his worn-out shoes. His limbs froze but his heart remained hugging her, he walked for two hours and then reached our hospital.