Reported by CBS News: In a camp in northwestern Syria, Abdallah Yassin listens to a doctor who explains how to avoid coronavirus infection, desperately hoping it will never reach his tent of 14 people.
“If the epidemic spreads in the camps, it will be a disaster,” the 57-year-old grandfather says.
Three million people live in Syria’s last major rebel bastion of Idlib, many of the families who fled homes elsewhere in Syria and are now reduced to living in camps without basic amenities.
Almost one million more have been thrown onto the roads since December after the government launched a deadly offensive that has battered the region’s already dilapidated healthcare system.
The government on Sunday announced Syria’s first officially confirmed coronavirus case, sparking fears of the implications for the war-torn country, where many still live outside the control of the government.
BY TUCKER REALS