Over 6,600 people housed in the Washokani camp

The Washokani camp is located twelve kilometres west of Hesekê. The number of people living here has risen to 6,600 with new arrivals.

More than 300,000 people have been forced to flee as a result of Turkey's invasion of northern Syria, which began in October 2019. The Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria initially accommodated them in schools and started to build tent cities.

In the Washokani camp near Heseke, more than 6,600 people from Serêkaniyê (Ras al-Ain) and Girê Spî (Tal Abyad) live now in 1021 tents. Today a new group of about 400 people has arrived. The camp management is working on the construction of further tents.

The winter weather conditions make life and the expansion of the tent city difficult. The complete care of the refugees is provided by the Autonomous Administration and the Kurdish Red Crescent (Heyva Sor a Kurd). So far there is no support from international aid organisations.

According to the Social Services Bureau of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, 478 civilians were martyred and 1,070 others wounded as a result of the attacks, while as many as 300,000 were displaced. Many of the IDPs have fled south, staying with family members, in public buildings or in refugee camps.