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Syria: Sheltered civilians recall harsh living conditions in East Ghouta05:37

Syria: Sheltered civilians recall harsh living conditions in East Ghouta

Syrian Arab Republic, Damascus region
March 18, 2018 at 08:12 GMT -00:00 · Published

SOT, Syrian man, Resident of Eastern Ghouta (Arabic): "May they be damned. Our houses were destroyed, I sold taxis of mine, I sold my land, this is for having food. I sold a flat, I have nothing left. It is by the grace of God that we came here to eat, we did not eat those oranges for seven years, we could not buy them. An orange was sold for 500 to 700 liras, and in this size, our children only knew it in pictures. A lot of children have malnutrition, [insurgents] were stealing the aid."

East Ghouta residents staying at the al-Duweir camp near Damascus on Saturday, recounted the dire living conditions they fled from. Footage from the al-Duweir camp shows people receiving food and supplies, as well as sleeping inside a hall.

One man said food and medicine were a rare commodity and aid distribution was uneven in East Ghouta, resulting in malnutrition and health hazards.

"Life was unbearable in Ghouta: no electricity, no water, no aid. The aid amounted to 80 kilos, but we had one or two kilos," another resident recalled.

More than 4,000 civilians, including women and children, were evacuated from Eastern Ghouta through the Hamouriyah humanitarian corridor on Thursday.

Civilians fled the cities of Saqba, Hamouriyah and Hazze under the protection of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).

Syria: Sheltered civilians recall harsh living conditions in East Ghouta05:37
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SOT, Syrian man, Resident of Eastern Ghouta (Arabic): "May they be damned. Our houses were destroyed, I sold taxis of mine, I sold my land, this is for having food. I sold a flat, I have nothing left. It is by the grace of God that we came here to eat, we did not eat those oranges for seven years, we could not buy them. An orange was sold for 500 to 700 liras, and in this size, our children only knew it in pictures. A lot of children have malnutrition, [insurgents] were stealing the aid."

East Ghouta residents staying at the al-Duweir camp near Damascus on Saturday, recounted the dire living conditions they fled from. Footage from the al-Duweir camp shows people receiving food and supplies, as well as sleeping inside a hall.

One man said food and medicine were a rare commodity and aid distribution was uneven in East Ghouta, resulting in malnutrition and health hazards.

"Life was unbearable in Ghouta: no electricity, no water, no aid. The aid amounted to 80 kilos, but we had one or two kilos," another resident recalled.

More than 4,000 civilians, including women and children, were evacuated from Eastern Ghouta through the Hamouriyah humanitarian corridor on Thursday.

Civilians fled the cities of Saqba, Hamouriyah and Hazze under the protection of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).

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