“Immediate actions by all parties must be taken to prevent further tragedies,” said Khush “UN cross-border operations in North East Syria must be reinstated immediately and access inside the camp must be urgently improved. It is vital that health and nutrition teams are able to test and isolate those suspected of having Covid-19, so that drastic measures – like closing health facilities that provide lifesaving treatment for children – does not have to happen” She added.
Al Hol camp is home to more than 65,000 Syrian, Iraqi and ‘third-country’ nationals from more than 60 countries from all regions of the world, 70 per cent of whom are children.
“While health partners are working intensively to ensure provision for all basic health services and resume operations, the limitation in movement across the camp and the limited availability of skilled personnel to replace those who fall ill of COVID-19, suspected and quarantined health workers is a daunting challenge,” She added.
Save the Children is calling on countries of origin to urgently and safely repatriate children of foreign nationals and their families, in line with their obligations set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.