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Trapped Syrian refugees risk death in the African desert

May 15, 2017 at 3:48 pm

Syrian refugees in Morocco hold up a banner asking for basic rights including access to medical care and aid on 12 May, 2017 [Masr Al-Arabiya]

The suffering of 55 Syrians who have been stranded on the border between Algeria and Morocco for about a month is continuing as the summer heat begins to hit the area.

The families’ physical and psychological conditions are deteriorating in the harsh desert conditions where strong winds are common and insects, snakes and scorpions are almost common.

The families demanded in video and audio recordings sent to the Anadolu Agency global powers and international organisations to intervene and get them to safety.

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According to the agency, the families live in tents made of blankets.

One of the refugees, a Syrian man said that the children are living in tragic conditions in the desert, without food or water, and appealed to the presidents and kings of the world, to save them.

A small girl named Hala Raed said:

We are very tired. Algeria does not allow us to return and Morocco does not allow us to enter… We live in the desert where it is hot in the day and very cold at night. Many of us are too scared to sleep at night because we are afraid of snakes and scorpions.

The refugees appealed to the authorities of both countries to end their suffering before the children die in the desert heat.

Algeria and Morocco have been engulfed in a political dispute surrounding the fate of the 55 refugees who have been stranded on the border between the two countries for since the end of April.