At least eight children have died last week in the Al-Hol camp for displaced persons in northern Syria, which is home to thousands of relatives of suspected members of the Islamic State jihadist group, according to the United Nations Fund. United for children (UNICEF).
The organization’s executive director, Henrietta Fore, has expressed “deep dismay” at the situation, detailing that the deaths occurred between August 6 and 10. “” Four of them were caused by complications related to malnutrition. The others were due to dehydration from diarrhea, heart failure, internal bleeding and hypoglycemia, “he said.
“The death of a child is tragic. This death could have been prevented all the more,” said Fore, who recalled that “almost 40,000 children from more than 60 countries continue to languish in Al Hol.”
“They lack access to basic services and are facing the stifling summer heat and trauma from violence and displacement,” he said, warning that the coronavirus pandemic “is making a critical situation worse”.