571 days of siege
Power cuts continued for more than 651 days
Water has been cut for 141 days
Syrians are forced to eat dogs, cats and zoo animal to survive!
In the midst of the Syrian civil war, Yarmouk camp became the site of intense fighting between the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command (loyal to the Syrian regime), and the Free Syrian Army. Even as the fighting began most of the population in the camp simply wanted to maintain the stable status quo before the war. Soon the Syrian regime surrounded the camp itself, and has since the summer of 2013 been cut-off from the rest of the world as part of the Syrian regime’s cruel siege starvation tactic. The situation reached such a desperate point that Muslim leaders in the area declared that the eating of rats and mules would be allowed, and grass became a source of nourishment.
”To know what it is like in Yarmouk, turn off your electricity, water, heating, eat once a day, live in the dark, live by burning wood” – Anas, Yarmouk resident.
In 2014, Yarmouk became a byword for the profound suffering experienced by Palestine refugees and Syrian civilians as a result of the conflict. Approximately 18,000 civilians remain trapped inside the neighbourhood in inhumane conditions, deprived of food, water and medicine, with health clinics and schools closed, streets and buildings damaged, and access to the outside world largely cut off. Yarmouk and its residents are in desperate need of support.
A young boy in Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria pleading and crying tears for food and drink Get ready