Kurdish humanitarian organisations issued an urgent call for “international support” today amid a growing refugee crisis in northern Syria.
Camps have been established in the Shehba region for the hundreds of thousands of civilians who have been forced to flee Afrin since Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch on January.
But camp officials say that they are struggling to meet the needs of the refugees and are not receiving any help or support from the international community.
Kampa Berxwedanê was built by the Afrin and Shehba administrations using their own limited resources and they are building a second camp named Kampa Serdemê to cope with the rising demand.
Kampa Serdemê spokesperson Hesen Heman said: “We will be putting up 2,000 tents in this camp. Our goal is to settle 15,000 people here.
“We are trying to fulfil all their needs with our own means, we haven’t received any help from the outside to date.”
They called for humanitarian organisations to visit the camps and meet the migrants.
“Outside aid must come urgently,” she added.
The invasion of Afrin by Nato’s second-largest army has been branded illegal and Turkey has been accused of carrying out chemical attacks and ethnic cleansing of Kurds.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s forces have allied with jihadist mercenaries in the Free Syrian Army along with former Isis and al-Qaida fighters recruited.
Turkey stands accused of war crimes after the release of shocking images of the mutilation of dead women’s bodies and accusations of beheadings and the targeting of civilians.
Mr Erdogan insists the operation is targeting “terrorists” close to the Turkish border.
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