“I wish I can go to school and learn. I dream of becoming a doctor when I grow up,”

UNICEF reaching displaced children and families who left Rukban toward AlZhoueiyeh camp with safe drinking water.

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boy filling a water bucket with water from a tank
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Abdulaziz Aldroubi
06 October 2020

11-year-old Salameh, filling up a bucket of water to take back to his family tent at a makeshift camp in AlZhouriyeh village, eastern Homs. “I wish I can go to school and learn. I dream of becoming a doctor when I grow up,” he says. Salameh fled with his family the violence in their hometown of Palmyra more than four years ago and sought shelter in Rukban, a remote desert camp near the border with Jordan, causing him to miss out on years of learning. “I help my family by carrying water for them to drink and wash up every day.”

Since last year, thousands of children and their families have left Rukban toward temporary settlements in Homs and its rural areas in hope to return to their places of origin. Salameh’s family has been among more than 550 other families taking refuge in AlZhouriyeh under the most basic conditions.

boy carrying a bucket
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Abdulaziz Aldroubi
11-year-old Salameh, filling up a bucket of water to take back to his family tent at a makeshift camp in AlZhouriyeh village, eastern Homs.
boy filling a water bucket with water from a tank
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Abdulaziz Aldroubi
11-year-old Salameh, filling up a bucket of water to take back to his family tent at a makeshift camp in AlZhouriyeh village, eastern Homs

With thanks to a generous contribution from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), UNICEF has been reaching displaced children and families in AlZhoueiyeh camp with water through the daily trucking of 40 M3 of safe drinking water as well as the provision of water storage tanks, attempting to alleviate some of their suffering, but the need for basic services remains significant.