As violence escalated in southeast Deir-ez-Zor, more than 40,000 people were forced to flee their homes in Hajin sub district including Baghuz village, making an arduous journey to Al- Hol camp, around 300 kilometers to the north. Al-Hol camp is now hosting over 56,000 people, mostly women and children, well beyond its capacity. A transit site, Sewar, has been set up on the way to Al-Hol to identify those in need of medical assistance to be transferred immediately to hospitals in Hassakeh. However, conditions at the site are very basic, adding to the vulnerability of children and their families. While the site is equipped with four large tents enough for 400 people, many are forced to sleep out in the open before they continue their journey to Al-Hol.
UNICEF is providing much-needed health and nutrition services to people in Sewar through a mobile health clinic working 24/7, including routine and polio immunization and the provision of therapeutic and preventative nutritional supplements. UNICEF is also providing safe drinking water and hygiene items and has installed eight latrines and four water tanks.