IDPs in Washukanni camp live in harsh conditions

Lorîn Sebrî

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IDPs from Sari Kani and its rural areas who have been displaced to Washukanni camp in Al-Tuwainah town at Al-Hasakah, are living in hash conditions.

This camp, which is still under construction, is 13 km at the west of Al-Hasakah city, quickly prepared, and now hosts more than 4 thousand IDPs. Their conditions are hard, and they are the responsibility of The Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, the Kurdish Red Crescent and local civil society organisations.

Since international humanitarian organisations are not supporting, the required items are not enough, therefore, The Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria and the Kurdish Red Crescent are distributing the donated items such as clothes, mattresses and blankets, fuel, and children’s stuff per their availability.

Huda Ali, is 32-years-old women who is pregnant in the 7th month, is afraid that her embryo will not see the light in the camp, because she didn’t prepare the required stuff for her child during delivery since it’s unavailable. “the place is full of germs and dirt, because of that my 10-month-old daughter got tuberculosis and her blood became thinner or watery”.

Munifah Salman Al-Izzo, from Tel Alward Al-Sharqi village in Tell Tamr, says: “no matter how hard the camp’s conditions are, it is better and safer than the bullets of war”.

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In Washukanni camp, there is only one health centre, run by the Kurdish Red Crescent and has only two ambulances. The Kurdish Red Crescent provides the essential health care services to children, women and some other health situations. According to Jiwan Said, Team Leader in the Kurdish Red Crescent in the camp, if the situation continues in this way, it will became complicated, “in the camp, there is 35 persons with physical and mental illnesses, 76 incurable illness such as high blood pressure, heart diseases, and diabetes, 23 expectants who require a special health care, and 170 children’s with urgent need to milk, calefaction, and 

According to the camp administration, there are (5,000) individual IDPs in the camp until now, who are from (920) households. The camp has been established on 1 November 2019 over 975 dunam (975000 m2), and there is (3000) tent in it that can host (13,000) individuals. On the other hand, (810) new tents have been newly set up, including (4) reception tents, and (80) tents as schools. Ahmad Yousif, Washukanni Camp Manager, said: “all the camp residents are from Serê Kaniyê (Ras al-Ain) and the surrounding areas, also, from Zirgan and Tel Tamer towns and their rural areas that are in line of fire”.

Yousif elaborated that they have made insistent endeavours to improve the situation of the camp, “Winter made us move fast; we set up the tents and pave the camp ground with crushed stones”.

About the sanitation and the absent of services, Yousif said: “the camp is open, however, INGOs have not provided any support, although many conferences have been held, and we don’t know whether reasons of closing the road in front of providing the support are political or security”.

Local CSOs are providing the basic needs and support for the residents of of the camp from the beginning, with few available opportunities, they are trying to fill the gap of the INGOs.

It’s Winter, and the conditions of tents are very difficult. Recently it was raining heavily; and because the camp was set up in a rush was not prepared well, the rain washed away some of the tents.

On the other hand, according to the Director of Jazira Region Schools, Bahjat Lawand, (380) schools are hosting (150,000) IDPs.

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Zahidah Muslim, 43-year-old woman from al-Manajir, expressed her soreness saying: “because of the artillery bombardment by the Turkish army, we left our regions to rescue ourselves, no one can stay under artillery bombardment. We have settled in (Abu Dharr al-Ghifari) School in Al-Hasakah city. We will not go to the camp, because the condition of the camp is hard and there are no winterization items or equipment. My family consists of (15) members and our situation is difficult”.

Salman Kalash a 53-year-old man, sadly says: “the Turkish army and the factions it supports have stolen my house, therefore, I opened a small booth where I sell vegetables and fruits to the IDPs with affordable prices”.

Salman continued: “I just want to return to my house and area, but before that the armed invaders most leave our home”. “International organizations are not supporting us. It’s Winter, and the rain is harsh”. Salman says that his children became sick because of the rain and cold.

Salman stated that if the armed factions stayed in our village they will not return, “we call all the countries in the world to take those armed factions out of our home”.

However, the child named Mohammed Daman, who is like other thousands of children is deprived of education, hoped for opening a school in the camp, and said: “armed factions that are related to Turkey have plundered and destroyed our region, I wish for opening a school and a playground”.