The U.N. warned in a report released Monday that contaminated water and poor hygiene practices in populated areas of Syria have led to an increase in waterborne illnesses such as Hepatitis A and Typhoid.
‘‘We need a worldwide effort, an international effort,’’ said Ziyad al-Rawar, an Atmeh camp administrator.
The camp survived a miserable, cold, rainy, muddy winter.
But al-Rawar said the population is growing by 10 to 15 families each day. It already burgeoned from about 12,000 in November to 16,000 currently.
Al-Rawar fears that when summer comes, camp residents will fight over water.
In Atmeh, as elsewhere in Syria, rebels and civilians are intertwined. Armed fighters come and go in the camp.
Almost every family has someone in the rebel battalions, not least because this is often their only source of income.
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