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Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have been uprooted by the country's brutal civil war, and now many fear they're losing a ...
battle against winter conditions. AP looks at a refugee camp near the border with Turkey. (Dec. 12)
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SHOTLIST:AP - AP Clients OnlyAtmeh Syria - Dec. 111. Various shots of refugees fighting with each other to grab blankets from a donation.2. Refugee with child3. Children4. SOUNDBITE: Nat sound Arabic:5. Wide of children carrying water6. Child near fire7. Children playing8.SOUNDBITE (English) Yakzan Shishakly (34)organizer of the camp:"The area is not prepared to be a camp, or not prepared to have tents also. The mud is there, we are trying to have some stones all around the tents to be prepared for this weather. Actually, we are fighting with the time."9. 10. Children with water11. refugee12. Refugees in campSTORYLINE:Syrian refugees are in a fight against the impending winter.With temperatures dropping near freezing refugees at camps like this one near the border with Turkey are doing everything they can just to get basic supplies.Items such as blankets are fought over and others like power generators aren't available at all.NAT SOUNDThis refugee says its simply difficult to survive with no heating, running water and only a little food.The tents they live in are provided by the Turkish Red Crescent as well as some food and water.There are 12 thousand people living in this camp, including some three thousand children.All told it's estimated about 3 million Syrians have been displaced by the Civil War, with most of them in camps not unlike this one.NAT SOUND This camp organizer says the area itself isn't fit to hold such a large camp and describes the current situation as a fight with time.The Turkish border is about 30 minutes from here, but Turkey has capped the number of refugees it's allowing in.But these Syrians lack the proper paperwork to leave anyways.Rita Foley, the Associated Press(****END****)