In a squalid, makeshift camp in the outskirts of Damascus, the Syrian capital, 15,000 refugees are living in tents.
GV Refuges composite showing muddy ground and children
CU & PULL BACK, Old woman refuges
SCU Woman refugee washing clothes in bowl
SCU & PAN Regfugee family in tent (2 shots)
SCU Same family, children playing and seated round small stove - CU of baby sleeping & PULL BACK TO mother
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Background: In a squalid, makeshift camp in the outskirts of Damascus, the Syrian capital, 15,000 refugees are living in tents. They have no toilet facilities and no running water.
They are almost all farmers. They fled their homes in Syria's Golan Heights during the second week of the October war with Israel. They brought with them only what could be carried, leaving behind their livestock and unharvested crops.
Hopes for a permanent settlement in the Middle East have grown stronger recently with the agreement between Israel and Egypt on military disengagement along the Suez Canal. But Syria remains firm in its demands for an Israeli withdrawal on the Golan Heights before opening negotiations, Meanwhile, another 15,000 refugees join the hundreds of thousands made homeless by 25 years of Arab-Israeli conflict.
SYNOPSIS: The mother of this family of four said they had left their four-roomed house during a rocket attack late at night and fled north to Damascus.
But these refugees are more fortunate than most -- they were provided with a stove. For the past three-and-a-half months this tent has been their home. In another part of the camp a refugee family was gathered round a child -- born a few hours before this film was taken.