“Don’t forget us here”: Photos reveal devastation in Syria’s Yarmouk camp

Since July, Yarmouk refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus has been closed to humanitarian relief.

Thousands of people – Palestinians and Syrians – trapped inside have been suffering from malnutrition and a grievous lack of medical care. Dozens are reported to have died of starvation.

British-Lebanese journalist Hala Jaber reported for today’s Sunday Times and The Australian, from Yarmouk, whose “150,000 inhabitants have dwindled to an estimated 18,000 after a year of ferocious fighting between Palestinian factions on opposing sides of Syria’s civil war. A seven-month army siege has compounded the misery.”

(To read Jaber’s report, which is behind a paywall, search for the headline “Driven to desperate measures, Syrians are only just surviving,” using Google and click on the result from The Australian).

Last week, UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestine refugees, attempted to deliver aid into the camp but found that procedures implemented by the Syrian army slowed their efforts to a trickle.

These images tweeted by Jaber, shot by photographer Ghassan Najjar on 20 January, provide an all too rare glimpse of the people living in the camp amid horrifying circumstances.

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all in the name of democracy.........heart shattering images of the muslim ummah and yet we can do nothing??!!

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Thank you for exposing this terrible war. All those involved should face war crimes both in an out of Syria. The carnage and destruction is apalling. When a dictator is challenge he acts with impressive evil. Then when those who seek to take advantage of opportunity act, they match the evil. I support the Syrian people in their attempt to break free of the shackles of tyranny from within and terrorism from without.

Ali Abunimah

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Co-founder of The Electronic Intifada and author of The Battle for Justice in Palestine, now out from Haymarket Books.

Also wrote One Country: A Bold-Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse. Opinions are mine alone.