Syria’s ‘Camp of Death’ holds some 3,100 foreign women and children, including around 20 Britons, separated from their husbands and other foreign men, who are being detained in prisons around northern Syria.
Conditions in the al-Hol camp, and nearby Roj, are so squalid that in the last two months 35 children have died in or on their way there, from cold or malnutrition.
UK authorities are reluctant to repatriate the British women for fear they are a security threat, leaving the families in limbo. The children are extremely traumatised, and are receive no counselling or schooling in the camps. Meanwhile the conditions in the camp get worse and the population grows.
Al-Hol alone lacks thousands of tents for its residents, meaning new arrivals have to sleep in freezing temperatures.
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Watch Josie Ensor’s dispatch from Syria’s ‘Camp of Death’ to find out more.