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Aid for Besieged Syrian Town
Rastan
By TTM Contributor 8
21 Apr 2016

A large truck convoy has delivered humanitarian aid supplies to the Syrian opposition-held town of Rastan under siege in central Homs Province. The 65 truck convoy is sponsored by the UN, The International Committee of the Red Cross and and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.
The ICRC says the convoy is the first to reach Rastan in over a year.
The supplies include food, medicine and medical equipment, electricity generators and water treatment materials.
Opposition officials say Syrian regime forces did not allow a large portion of the medical supplies including medications and vaccines mainly for children.
The town, which has been under siege for three years, has seen its population double to 120-thousand because of people fleeing fighting in the region.

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UAE Ship Delivers Humanitarian Suppli...
Aden Seaport, Aden
By Dhaifallah Homran
18 May 2015

Aden Seaport, Aden, Yemen
May 18, 2015

Video shows humanitarian aid supplies donated by the United Arab Emirates Red Crescent organization being unloaded from a ship at the seaport of Aden.

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SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Hadi Mohammad Othman, A Member of pro-Hadi Militias

01:24 – 01:33

"We thank the United Arab Emirates for sending food supplies to the province of Aden.”

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Afghan Donkey
Bamyan, Afghanistan
By johnjournalist
01 May 2013

The tractor of East Asia, an Afghan donkey hauls a load of supplies in Bamiyan, Afghanistan.

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KENYA DAILY LIFE (11 of 27)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
28 Feb 2013

Image of daily life in Kibera. A man carries empty crates while walking.
Picture/Karel Prinsloo

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Azaz Camp, Syria (3 of 41)
Azaz, Syria
By Michele Pero
06 Dec 2012

Refugee camp of Azaz, Syrian border.
Refugees from Halep and surrounding areas have lost their houses under the bombings. They left Halep with just the clothes they had at the time. They have no documents, no money, no belongings. The refugees believed the could cross the Turkish border to escape the massacres, but after a limited number of refugees were accepted by the Turkish government who settled in the nearby camp of Kilis, the border was closed. They had to settle in the camp right on the Syrian border, waiting for a move that does not arrive.

Turkey cannot take more refugees and cannot do more than what actually it does. The refugees must stay were they are, with no home in Syria anymore, no passport to leave the country, as if convicted to stay in the camp.
The excess number refugees not accepted into Turkey settled in September 2012 under big hangars once used by Syrian customs police for storing and checking goods before letting them pass the border. For months the refugees had to sleep right on the pavement, under hangars, under trucks or any other shelter available. No heating, no running water, no latrines, no roof above their heads.

Tents arrived just at around the middle of November 2012, donated by the Red Crescent of Qatar. Since that, three hangars were filled with tents, then other tents were placed on open ground. In December 2012, the number of refugees at the Azaz camp reached about 7000.

Life at the camp is hard. Volunteers from various ONG such as IHH provide meals every day. Supplies come from world wide relief organizations and volunteer donations, but they are not enough to meet the needs of so many. Tents are not waterproof. The pavement is constantly wet when the rain falls, especially hard for those ones settled on open ground. No electricity is supplied. Water is scarce and is brought in big containers for those who need it most. Heating becomes a real issue with the oncoming winter. Kids are sent to the surrounding fields to gather any burning material, but they cannot go too far since the mine fields protecting the no-man’s land are right at border line next to the camp. Refugees burn dry grass. At dusk, they must make return to their tents, because all around there is no light to even walk. They rest by candlelight in their tents until they fall asleep.
Recently a protest calling for better conditions at the camp was held at the border (see other reportage “Syria - protest in the camp of Azaz”, © Michele Pero) to get attention from the Turkish Governor of the area, with no results. These people must stay here. No place where to go, no place to return to. Convicted, forgotten. No one knows for how long.

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Surviving In A Ghost Town, Halep, Syr...
Aleppo, Syria
By Michele Pero
02 Dec 2012

Downtown Halep, quarters of Bustan al-Pasha and Sakhour, December 2012.
The town is partially controlled by the brigades of the Free Syria Army. Snipers, hidden in isolated buildings, necessitate a fast crossing through the large and open avenues. Some people try to continue their normal life downtown, still living in their houses, even if the majority have left for the refugee camps at the borders of the country.

MIGs and helicopters of the Bashar Al Assad regime are continuously releasing rockets and barrel-bombs over the buildings. A quick look at the sky, some strikes, the blast and gray smoke lifts not too far from where we are. Another building hit, some people wounded and injured will be soon added to the list.

Daily life in Halep is pretty scary. The regime is now releasing big barrels filled with explosives. They release these bombs over the town, anywhere they like. No targets are aimed. They throw them here and there. No one is safe in any shelter. Shelters actually don’t work. Halep is a very ancient town and buildings are very weak. In spite of that, some citizens are still keeping their homes there, still trying to lead a normal life, together with the rebels of the Free Syria Army which fight on two front lines: one against the regular forces of the regime, one other against the Kurdish minority which supports the regime. In the middle, the citizens of Halep, try to survive in a ghost town, partially destroyed, under the daily bombings of such madness.

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The syrian nakba 38
Atmeh
By adrian
01 Dec 2012

The silhouette of a Syrian woman outside a medical tent in Atmeh camp for IDP Syrians. Around 12,000 IDP's now live in the camp. The seemingly endless Syrian war means that these people will likely stay in these camps for the foreseeable future.

December 2nd 2012, Atmeh, Syria.

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The syrian nakba 39
Atmeh
By adrian
01 Dec 2012

Atmeh refugee camp, for internally displaced Syrians. Around 12,000 IDP live in the camp. Atmeh, Syria.

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The syrian nakba 40
Atmeh
By adrian
01 Dec 2012

02/12/2012 Atmeh refugee camp, for internally displaced Syrians. Around 12,000 IDP live in the camp. Atmeh, Syria.

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Women in Syria, Azaz Makeshift Camp
Azaz, Syria
By AnnaThereseDay
02 Oct 2012

Organizers cross the border into "Free Syria" in order to deliver aid to those Syrians stuck outside of Turkey. There is no running water at these makeshift camps and children carry buckets to their families' outdoor stoops and tents.

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Women in Syria, Azaz Makeshift Camp
Azaz, Syria
By AnnaThereseDay
02 Oct 2012

Organizers cross the border into "Free Syria" in order to deliver aid to those Syrians stuck outside of Turkey. There is no running water at these makeshift camps and children carry buckets to their families' outdoor stoops and tents.

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Women in Syria, Azaz Children
Azaz, Syria
By AnnaThereseDay
02 Oct 2012

Organizers cross the border into "Free Syria" in order to deliver aid to those Syrians stuck outside of Turkey. Children play amidst the rubble, stuck in Syria unable to enter Turkey.

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Syrian refugees in Bekaa Valley
Bekaa Valley, Lebanon
By Marta Bogdanska
14 Apr 2012

Syrian refugees in Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Thousands of Syrians have been crossing into the Bekaa Valley situated along the border with Syria. We managed to reach some families in hiding in villages of Saad Neyil and Arsel.

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Syrian refugees in Bekaa Valley
Bekaa Valley, Lebanon
By Marta Bogdanska
14 Apr 2012

Syrian refugees in Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Thousands of Syrians have been crossing into the Bekaa Valley situated along the border with Syria. We managed to reach some families in hiding in villages of Saad Neyil and Arsel.