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    Posted April 25, 2013 by
    LeeHarper
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    Bab Al Salam, Azaz, Syria
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    Over 12,000 refugee's in Bab Al Salam

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Those internally displaced by Syria's brutal civil war face an impoverished, uncertain life in squalid camps where aid can struggle to get through. Photographer Lee Harper visited Bab al-Salaam refugee camp near Azaz, northwest of Aleppo. He said many of those staying there wanted to move on, or to enter Turkey so their children could be treated in hospital, but could not leave as they did not have passports. "I met people who did not know how to pitch a tent or where to pitch it, no help except the kindness of the families in the camp," he said. "Speaking to the doctor of the camp he said there was not enough medicine or facilities to help the whole camp." Harper heard terrible stories from the refugees -- such as a young girl who had lost her family in a bombing and had traveled more than 60km with her blind grandmother to the camp. "There are schools but not all the children are fit, mentally or physically, to go," he said. See other images from Harper's visit to Syria.
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    In the camp there are more and more people arriving to find safety from the War within Syria, due to their homes being bombed and losing family members. The majority in the 'camp are children which is around 60%', the camp doctor said. There are a lot of different diseases rife in the camp due to bad hygiene and facilities, such as the families living in the tents burn plastic to keep warm which is toxic, creating problems with the lungs. On top of this PTSD is common with many people and children in the camp especially suffer with this due to the tragic events unfolding in front of their eyes. The international aid is sparse going into the camp and the organisations who are there can not cope with the big influx of IDPs.

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