Gaza, ALRAY - "The Syria’s Palestinian refugees in Al Yarmouk sustained incessant shelling and destruction as Iraq and many Arab nations, but what to do with hunger? No one can bear hunger!,” said a Palestinian refugee who fled the disastrous situation in Al Yarmouk refugee camp.
Akram al-Beirawi, 22, lived seven years in the bereaved refugee camp, and then left his whole family alone to eventually come to Gaza.
His gave his shocking testimony during a seminar titled 'Save Al Yarmouk Refugee Camp', organized by Gaza-based Al Thorayya Center for Media and Communication, and held in Red Crescent Society’s hall in Gaza City.
The seminar gave floor to five speakers who discussed a bunch of headlines, including starvation and siege in the camp, a background about Palestinian refugees around the world, the international community reaction to the misery the camp witnesses, the role of the activist Palestinian youth.
Akram said that the Palestinians’ plight cannot be detached from the Syrians’, as they are an integral part of Syria.
“One week after Palestinians got to the streets in peaceful demonstrations in July 2012, the Syria army started the crackdown on the camp, shelling its environs and arresting its residents,” he said.
Recounting the most horrific experience he went through, Akram followed by saying that “it was in September 2012 when the army shelled a mosque 20 meters from our home, leaving some 50 dead,” an incident that was followed by the Palestinians fleeing the camp in large numbers and the siege getting to befall the insiders of the camp,”
“It was a second Nakba for us,” he cried, blaming the UNRWA and Palestinian factions who, since the camp reeled under blockade and fire, got out of the camp. “But we no longer ask for help; the people of Yarmouk cannot compromise their dignity,” he said.
“My family has been living on cactus and lentils for three months; rice is worth $100 dollars per kilo” he grieved.