Displaced families from Deir ez-Zor sheltered in Hasakah after escaping ISIS

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Displaced families in Hasakah, northeastern Syria. File photo

ARA News 

HASAKAH – Over 7.6 million Syrians have been internally displaced between the different provinces of the war-torn country, as fighting continues between the various armed groups across Syria, according to the United Nations humanitarian agency.

Deir ez-Zor province, where the Assad regime and the Islamic State group (ISIS) share control, has witnessed a mass displacement among civilians amid mounting violence. 

More than five years have passed since thousands have been displaced from the Deir ez-Zor province, taking shelter in the northeastern Hasakah province. Some of them took shelter in school buildings that have been evacuated for them in Hasakah city. Local sources told ARA News that the displaced are encountering hard living conditions there, lacking basic supplies amid inability by the local aid organisations to provide sufficient help to thousands of displaced families.

Speaking to ARA News, Zainab Laila, a displaced woman from Deir ez-Zor who recently arrived to Hasakah, said: “We suffer shortage of basic supplies such as water. Here we’re obliged to buy water for 150 Lira per barrel. As for food, in the past we’ve been provided with food supplies and other aid every two or three months. However, now we barely find someone to give us some food. This is our life under those hard conditions.” 

Some of them try to find a work in Hasakah city in order to cover daily needs of their families, but the law wages prevent them from providing their families with the basic supplies.

Ahmed Biebi, a displaced Syrian man from Deir ez-Zor, told ARA News: “I’m here with my wife and six daughters, and I cannot afford the basic needs for my family.”

“Prior to displacement I was employee, but I haven’t received my salary since more than two years. Now in this situation I need to find any job in order to be able to support my family,” he said.

“I hereby appeal to the international organisations to provide us with help, either work opportunities or aid. Those displaced families need support in order to survive this crisis,” Biebi told ARA News.

Thousands of displaced Syrian families have found a safe haven in Hasakah province for years. However, the recent surge of violence that hit the province has made it harder for the people, causing a state of instability even among its own inhabitants.

“The situation here [in Hasakah] is just a sample for the difficulties that the Syrian people encounter,” Laila said. “Nowhere is save inside this country. We became victims of this bloody war, and every armed group only cares about seizing more control, no matter how many innocent lives that would cost.”

Reporting by: Siber Haji and Qehreman Miste

Source: ARA News

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