Temperatures return to rising with the advent of the summer season, starting a new suffering for the camp residents, who number more than a million in northwestern Syria, from their inability to secure basic materials for cooling such as a refrigerator for preserving food and insulation for tents, power cuts for long periods, and fear of fires that It could erupt suddenly in tents, and always be prepared for fear of any poisonous animals or insects.
“It is a form of constant torture which the new IDPs are not used to in the camps, as the temperature may reach 40 degrees Celsius, and most of the camps are located in agricultural areas or mountainous areas far from the cities, in which poisonous animals and insects are abundant, such as Snakes, scorpions and spiders, and these animals go out in the summer to search for damp and cold areas in order to be able to secure themselves from the heat of the air, which they find in the shade of the tent or inside it ”says Fouad Sayed Issa, a member of Violet Administration, about the conditions of the camps in the summer.
In addition to staying alert for poisonous insects and snakes, camp residents need to remain alert for fear of any disease that could affect their children, including heat stroke, which occurs as a result of staying for long hours under the sun directly, in Al-Wafa camp, 6 cases were transferred to medical points, as a result of suffering heat stroke so far.
Hour Saliha, 4 years old, a newly displaced woman with her family from Maarat al-Numan to the camps of Deir Hassan, she died as a result of a scorpion sting at night while she was asleep, which none of her people felt until early in the morning .. In one of the camps, a call for help was launched by the camp residents after spotting a snake of more than two meters in length inside one of the tents, which was not the first to be spotted in the same camp.
“The MEAL team in Violet was able to monitor 15 camps in northern Syria in which snakes, scorpions, or spiders were spread this summer, with bites among the camp residents being monitored. Animal burrows are among the tents, and the reason for their existence is that most of these camps were established quickly and randomly after the recent displacement operations, and their land had not been subjected to a process of refinement or rehabilitation. ”Issa adds about the camps in which the presence of poisonous animals was monitored.
Fires have been observed in several camps, as a result of high temperatures, which need intervention from the civil defense to control and extinguish them, as temperatures may reach over 40 degrees Celsius in summer, and they arise as a result of the lack of sufficient awareness among the camp residents and the presence of camps on dry lands .
From death to daily suffering, as a single ice block has become close to 3500 Syrian Pounds (Two US dollars). Most families need at least two blocks per day to use for drinking and cooling, which is difficult for families to secure on a daily basis due to the lack of stable monthly income as a result of the lack of sufficient job opportunities, and the devaluation of the Syrian pound has doubled with the rise in the prices of basic food commodities.