Destruction inside Khan Eshieh camp for Palestine refugees, located south of the Syrian capital, Damascus. UN Photo
Palestinian families taking refuge in Khan Eshieh camp, in Rif Dimashq, have been struggling for survival owing to the squalid humanitarian conditions inflicted by the nine-year warfare.
As in other refugee camps across Syria, the cost of living index in Khan Eshieh is several times higher than the pre-war period. Prices have seen a 1000% leap, overburdening even further the cash-stripped families.
Unemployment rates have also seen an unprecedented increase among Khan Eshieh residents, resulting in growing poverty rates.
Over recent years, most of the displaced Palestinian families have depended on aids sporadically given by UNRWA and other charities to pay rental fees and purchase much-needed items.
The displaced Palestinian families continue to denounce the apathy maintained by local authorities as regards their calls for clearing the mounds of trash piled up across residential alleyways.
Frequent outages in power/water and telecommunication networks have made the situation more alarming.
Civilians have also been living in a perpetual fear of arrest and prosecution as several residents have been summoned to questioning, others were sent to jail, and several others blackmailed or threatened.
The families have appealed to UNRWA and the relief institutions to take urgent action regarding the alarming humanitarian condition in the camp.