IRIN has issued a report on the squalid conditions in a refugee camp on the Syrian-Iraqi border:
Hundreds of Palestinian refugees stranded at al-Waleed makeshift camp in no-man's land between the desert borders of Iraq and Syria are living in precarious conditions and people could die if they do not get medical treatment, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on 15 May.
"We are particularly worried about the lack of medical facilities - many of the camp's 942 residents need urgent medical attention, including a mother of seven who suffers from leukemia and a teenage diabetic boy," UNHCR spokesperson, Jennifer Pagonis, said in a statement on Tuesday.
"The tented camp is overcrowded and many people are suffering from respiratory and other ailments that need proper medical treatment. But the nearest hospital in Iraq is located four hours away by car and the road runs through dangerous territory," the statement said.
According to the UNHCR, an estimated 1,400 Palestinians are living in desperate conditions in refugee camps along the Iraq-Syria border, unable to cross into a country already straining to cope with hundreds of thousands of Iraqi and Palestinian refugees.
A steady flow of Palestinians have fled Baghdad since March 2006, when intimidation, forced evictions and attacks against their community began mounting.
The Palestinians in these camps are the victims of two modern-day diasporas. First, the Palestinian Diaspora that began during the first Arab-Israeli War of 1948-49. Second, the Iraqi Diaspora that began after our invasion of Iraq in 2003.
These refugees and another 4 million like them in Iraq and spread throughout the Middle East will be George Bush's lasting legacy. One wonders how long he can ignore them. So far, the mainstream media is playing along.
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