Syrian refugees stand outside their housing unit at Zaatari refugee camp, Jordan. Credit: EPA/ Stringer
Syrian refugees stand outside their housing unit at Zaatari refugee camp, Jordan. Credit: EPA/ Stringer

Stranded and hunger stricken residents of al-Rakban refugee camp near Jordan's border with Syria on Monday blamed the UN, Jordan and Syrian authorities for deteriorating humanitarian conditions in the desert camp, according to activists and camp residents. In an open letter, camp residents vilified UN secretary general Antonio Guterres, prime minister Omar al-Razaz and UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore after several deaths blamed on lack of medical attention and clean drinking water.

They urged the diplomats to "live up to moral responsibility of protecting women and children in the besieged camp." Residents say that up to 60,000 displaced Syrians have no access to food, water or medical services as pro-Syrian government militia imposed tight siege on the camp.Earlier this month, a 55 year old woman died due to lack of medical care after UNICEF staff refused to send her to Jordan, according to activist Abdel Rahman Owdeh.

Family of dead woman's accusations in a video

In a video posted on social media, family of the victim said Jordan and UNICEF were to blame for the tragic death. Activists told ANSA that lack of medical care has lead to the death of at least two children during the past few days."We have been urging the world to save the camp by allowing aid arrive in the camp, but nobody is paying attention to us," said Owdeh. Al Rakban camp was set up near the Jordanian borders in light of fighting between Syrian government forces and rebels in Rural Damascus, Deraa and other parts of Syria.

Despite the end of fighting, residents are concerned Syrian authorities might prosecute them, thus opting to remain within the camp under difficult conditions.Meanwhile, residents have began protests inside the camp demanding access to aid and medical services as activists launched a solidarity campaign to promote cause of the camp residents. UNICEF officials were not available for comment. 

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