Syrians experience Ramadan in shadow of civil war

In the tent city built by its inhabitants near the town of Atme in Idlib, some twenty thousand people have embraced the holy fasting month with little water and food to break their fast in the hot summer sun.

Syrians experience Ramadan in shadow of civil war

World Bulletin/News Desk

Syrians endure difficult living conditions in camps close to the border with Turkey to ward off the dangers of a protracted civil war that has left more than four million people displaced.

In the tent city built by its inhabitants near the town of Atme in Idlib, some twenty thousand people have embraced the holy fasting month with little water and food to break their fast in the hot summer sun.

Meals are largely based on what comes out of iftar packages distributed by humanitarian organizations, while lack of tap water and power remain constant troubles.

Women collect pieces of wood around the camp for fire to cook with. Children act as delivery boys to bring home a single dish meal - often rice - prepared for those without means. Usually there's good bite out of the food before it reaches home.

Ayse Menlu came to the camp with eight children almost a year ago from the city of Hama. She says they ran for their lives, but long for their homeland.

"We are in the blessed month of Ramadan. It is very difficult in here. Apart from the sadness of being so far away from home, there's poverty," she said.

"We expect Turkey's help in Ramadan. We want peace to return to our country and we want to go back to our lands."

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