At a soccer stadium in Syria’s Idlib re-purposed to shelter people displaced by war, children are being offered a service highly sought after since the coronavirus pandemic set in: a haircut.
The camp is one of several in Syria’s war-torn northwest region where makeshift barbers are being set up by the International Association for Relief and Development (ONSUR), part of a project to bring relief to children during the Eid holiday that marks the end of Ramadan.
“Today we came to the camp to give children haircuts ahead of the Eid holiday in order to bring their hearts joy and to prevent crowds from gathering at barber shops,” said Abdul Wahab al-Daif, a 33-year-old barber.
The rebel-held northwest, home to more than 3mn people, has not had a confirmed case of the novel coronavirus, but doctors fear its shattered medical infrastructure and overflowing camps could quickly turn any outbreak into a humanitarian disaster. To minimise the risk of contagion, ONSUR’s barbers are operating in individual tents or setting up designated haircut areas to help maintain social distancing.
“No matter how much you try to separate people in the camps, it’s almost impossible, but we’re doing our best to serve people and protect them from disease,” said Mohamed Najjar, ONSUR’s Idlib director.
LEAVE A COMMENT Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked*
Iran imposes new curbs as coronavirus toll rises
Turkish minister in Libya for defence co-operation talks
Russian minister welcomes Palestinian unity pledge
Top Iran security body says cause of incident at Natanz nuclear site identified
Palestinians rally as opposition to annexation grows globally
Iran, Russia, Turkey agree to work together to ease Syria tensions
Military deployed in Ethiopian capital after more than 50 killed in protests
Russia's Putin urges Turkey, Iran to help promote dialogue in Syria
Tunisia coalition under pressure over PM conflict of interest allegations