TABQA – There are now more than 375.000 migrants located in Tabqa and its villages. The migrants have to seek shelter in half-ruined houses because they are not offered any aid. The harsh conditions affect children the worst, as always. According to the Migrants Bureau under the Tabqa Civil Council, there are 125.000 migrants in Tabqa city centre (23.000 families) and 250.000 more in villages (50.000 families).
Most of the migrants are from Aleppo’s Meskenê region, Deir ez-Zor and Raqqa, while some others are from Azaz, Jarablus and al-Bab.
Because no international organization has provided aid to the migrants up to now, most migrants live in half-ruined homes. The Tabqa Civil Council wants to create solutions to the problem and open a migrant camp, but the biggest issue is the sheer number of migrants.
A migrant boy named Xilud Şibilî from Deir ez-Zor lives with his family in the Ibn Sina school in the Buheyra neighborhood. Xilud said the following on what they experienced on the road from their escape from ISIS gangs: “Me and my family got out of ISIS hell. We experienced a lot of hardship on the way here. We walked through the desert to come to Tabqa. We had to pay 400.000 Syrian Liras to smugglers in order to escape from the gangs.”
Another great issue for the migrant children is the lack of medicine and medical services in general. A migrant girl named Cabir Hezai from Deir ez-Zor has a serious condition, but she has no access medicine. Cabir’s father told ANHA: “My daughter has a heart condition, she needs treatment and surgery. But no aid organization has given us a helping hand yet.”
Due to their economic conditions, migrant children are forced to work to support their families. This keeps them away from education.
Edî, a migrant child from the Meskenê area, summarized the hardship his whole family endured as: “I have to work and take care of my family. I learnt how to write my own name in the school we use as a home.”
Yasir Hac Elî, a Raqqan migrant who is staying in the Yarmoûk school, said they cannot access medicine and that his son Abdullah is sick, but he doesn’t have the means to treat him.