MSF: Syrians in Ain Issa camp tell us their stories.
After four months of fighting and thousands of airstrikes, on October 17th the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced they had took control of Raqqa, the Islamic State stronghold that the group had held since 2014. Then, on November 3rd, the city of Deir ez-Zor was retaken to the IS by the Syrian army backed up by Russia.
Some 60 kilometres away, Syrians who succeeded in fleeing the bombing and fighting in the towns of Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor are attempting to rebuild their lives in Ain Issa camp. Médecins Sans Frontières runs a primary health centre in the camp, referring the most serious cases to hospitals in Kobane and Tal Abyad.
The Syrians Médecins Sans Frontières has talked to in Ain Issa camp have told us of the trauma they endured: the fighting, the atrocities perpetrated by Islamic State (IS) and the massive bombing raids carried out by the international coalition.
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