As the coronavirus forces the world's wealthiest countries into lockdown, a potential humanitarian catastrophe threatens tens of million of people around the world crowded into refugee camps where healthcare and clean water are often scarce…..
In Syria's Azaz region, rescue workers have been sanitizing classrooms and camps for internally displaced people to prevent a possible spread of the disease.
But illnesses are still rife and social distancing is almost impossible to do.
A 42-year-old displaced man from Aleppo said he was scared for his life..
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) DISPLACED MAN FROM ALEPPO COUNTRYSIDE, ALI HALLAK, 42, SAYING:" "As you have seen the situation in the camps, we are afraid of corona, these tents are not able to protect us from the virus and we are not able to sanitize the tents." Over in North Lebanon, a Syrian refugee woman who is a widow and a mother of four said she wanted to get infected to get out of the dire situation she was already in..
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SYRIAN REFUGEE WOMAN, WIDOW AND MOTHER OF FOUR, MAHASSEN, SAYING: "It is a disease that came for the whole world, and I am not afraid, I actually want to be infected with corona and die...because one can then rest from all of this life." The United Nations said almost 70 million people uprooted by war and persecution around the world are in acute danger.
The UNHCR, the United Nations agency charged with protecting refugees, is asking other member states to help tackle this problem.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) UNHCR SENIOR COMMUNICATIONS ADVISOR AND SPOKESPERSON FOR MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA, RULA AMIN, SAYING:"This is a virus that is attacking all of humanity and everybody, all of humanity should fight back as one.
This kind of battle cannot afford to leave anybody behind, if anybody is left behind, if there are people who are poor or marginalised or refugees or who are not capable of protecting themselves on their own, they are left behind, the efforts to combat this virus will fail everyone has to be included." According to the latest figures, the coronavirus has exceeded all previous outbreaks, infecting almost 600,000 globally and killing more than 27,000 people.
💡 One News Page Knowledge: Other News Mentions
Turkish TV: Dramas become a global streaming successOnline streaming is one of the few industries to enjoy a boom out of lockdown restrictions, and Turkish TV dramas have found great success, reaching audiences..
Hatice Cengiz appears at Jamal Khashoggi's murder trial in Turkey
Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO Duration: 02:36Published
Khashoggi death: 20 go on trial in absentia
Credit: Reuters Studio Duration: 01:32Published
Khashoggi killing: Turkish court puts Saudi suspects on trial in absentia
Credit: euronews (in English) Duration: 01:02Published
Hagia Sophia Museum: Court to rule if Istanbul landmark should be a mosque again
Credit: euronews (in English) Duration: 00:33Published
Daniel Burke: Terror charges dropped against British ex-soldier who fought against Isis in SyriaProsecutors have dropped terror charges against a former British Army soldier who volunteered with Kudish fighters in Syria.
Father and son 'left in limbo' by failed terror caseAll Britons accused of terror offences linked to a Kurdish militia in Syria have been cleared.
Children held in Islamic State group camps 'are a time bomb'The Islamic State group says it will try to free women and children from detention camps in Syria.
Syria's war: Families of detainees wait for closure
Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO Duration: 02:30Published
Syrian dancers return to studio after lockdown
Credit: Reuters Studio Duration: 01:53Published
Building a mega reef in the Gulf of Oman
Credit: Reuters Studio Duration: 01:26Published
UK artists take pulp fiction series to the Arab world
Credit: Euronews English Duration: 01:30Published
UNHCR Chief: Europe 'not able to deal' with record-high refugee movements
Credit: Euronews English Duration: 02:03Published
Refugee numbers have doubled in last decade - U.N.
Credit: Reuters Studio Duration: 01:27Published
Lockdowns worsen the plight of Syrian refugees
Credit: Reuters Studio Duration: 01:28Published
You Might Like
Tweets about this
Related videos from verified sources