Families in Idlib, Syria, Escape Violence, but Find Hardship

Zahra Al Abed and her family escaped the bombing and airstrikes near their home in southern Idlib province and came to Deir Hassan, near the border with Turkey. They were not alone—nearly one million people have had to run for their lives in northwest Syria since December 1, 2019. "We barely had time to draw breath," said Al Abed. "We left with little more than the clothes on our backs." She and her family, along with around 400 other families, are now staying in Deir Hassan camp, an overcrowded site that lacks even basic services, including protection from the harsh winter weather. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is planning to to increase our medical services there, and will soon begin providing essential relief items, as well.