North-west Syria

Situation Report
Families in camp in NWS
About 400 people live in Al-Faqia camp in north-west Idleb including children. 22 April 2022. (Photo Credit: OCHA/Mohanad Zayat)

Improving shelter for displaced people

Displaced communities continue to live in dismal conditions after more than a decade of conflict.

Out of the 2.8 million people displaced across Idleb and northern Aleppo, 1.7 million people live in 1,414 camps. Over 1,200 of these camps are unplanned. They often lack camp management systems. Most sites need improvement to basic services such as education, health, clean water, sanitation, and decent work. Chronic overcrowding is an issue as 85 per cent of displaced people live in sites with a critical level of population density.

It is estimated that 800,000 people are living in tents, most of which lack adequate durability, fire-retardancy and structural intergrity to withstand harsh weather conditions. Earlier this year, more than 10,000 tents were destroyed as a result of weather-related incidents, including snowstorms, strong winds and floods, and more than 200 fires were reported in displace sites resulting in deaths and injuries. Living conditions in tents raise significant protection risks especially for women and girls. The OCHA Community Voices Bulletin outlines women’s protection concerns with mental health implications due to limited privacy. While higher quality tents have been procured, they are still not suitable for long term use and need to be replaced after only a year.