Refugees in the al-Hol refugee camp in northern Syria spoke out about the camp's miserable conditions in exclusive footage filmed by Ruptly on Thursday, with doctors facing a critical shortage of medicine and children dying from malnutrition and dehydration.
The director of the camp's emergency ward, Raman Wisso, from the Kurdish Red Crescent, said that 260 refugees from the camp had died in or on the way to hospitals in the nearby city of Hasakeh. He said doctors in the camp were working under intense pressure due to a lack of antibiotics and antipyretics.
"In most cases, children died due to malnutrition," he said, before adding that "most children who die are less than five years old."
Wisso explained that "other children had war injuries like shrapnel or bullets, but most of them died because of shrapnel by mines and explosions or so on."
Seventeen-year-old refugee and mother of two, Wafaa Ali al-Turki fled Baghouz in January. She recounted that the situation in the besieged city was so dire that she and her children were forced to eat grass to survive. Once she reached the camp, she found that crucial supplies such as milk and nappies for children were in short supply.