"The World Has Forgotten Us": Syrian Mother Speaks

July 29, 2013

A child looks on next to a woman at a Syrian refugee camp 5 km from Diyarbakir after a snowfall. This past winter, refugees faced further misery due to increasing shortages of supplies, low temperatures and snowfall (Photo Credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images).

On a recent visit to a camp near Atmeh, just inside Syria near the Turkish border, some 21,000 people were sheltering amid hellish conditions.

Heavy rain leaked into the tents and had turned the clay soil into thick slippery mud; raw sewage flowed between the tents. There wasn’t enough food and little medical aid.

Children and families have borne the brunt of the bloodshed in Syria. Most at risk are those fleeing the violence – refugees and the displaced still trapped within Syria, for whom the global community is still not doing enough.

A Syrian woman carries her children near their makeshift refugee camp on the Syria-Turkey border (Photo Credit: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images).

A young mother of five children told us:

“When we got here we found that it was impossible to cross into Turkey because the border is closed. So we’ve been stuck here with nothing. There is little food, we don’t even have clothes and blankets to keep warm, we can’t keep the rain out, and everything is wet. The children get sick all the time. The world has forgotten us. What will become of us?”

Her family’s story is indicative of the dire situation facing many of the over 6 million people who have been displaced by the conflict in Syria – while death and destruction continue on a daily basis.

A Syrian boy in a newly built refugee camp at the village of Qah, near the Turkish border, which is under the control of rebel fighters (Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images).

Amnesty is increasing our efforts to advocate on behalf of refugees and displaced civilians who have struggled to carry on amid the violence. In the face of this mounting crisis, Amnesty is pressuring the international community to provide aid to people inside Syria and to give urgently needed financial assistance to support refugee-related efforts made by Syria’s neighboring countries. You can help families in Syria and around the world.

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A volunteer shares out food to the people in the Bab al-Salam refugee camp for displaced Syrians near the border with Turkey (Photo Credit: JM Lopez/AFP/Getty Images).