Human Wrongs Watch

By Qusai Alazroni*

QUDSAYA, Syria, 25 November 2016 (UNHCR) – Keeping a 100-square-metre apartment with bare concrete walls and a dirt floor warm during a harsh Syrian winter is tough for 70-year-old Aisha.

Aisha stands in the middle of an unfinished apartment turned into shelter for internally displaced people in the hard-to-reach town of Qudsaya, Syria.   © UNHCR/Qusai Alazroni

She lives in an unfinished building converted into a shelter for internally displaced people in hard-to-reach Qudsaya, a mountain town a few kilometres from Damascus that has been largely cut off by war.

“I burn plastic and cardboard in order to get some warmth during the winter,” says the grandmother, who fled her home in rural Damascus five years ago with her two daughters and three grandchildren, after fighting erupted.

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