SYRIAN REFUGEES AT ATMA CAMP FIRE THEIR RIFLES IN CELEBRATION!

SYRIAN REFUGEES AT ATMA CAMP FIRE THEIR RIFLES IN CELEBRATION!
Investigations | 26 Nov 2014

The din of the firearms being shot can not only be heard from the fronts alone, but also in the Atma camp on the border with Turkey as well; where use of weapons in weddings and happy occasions has turned into a "highly exaggerated phenomenon," as described by Abu Hassan al-Hamwi, Director of the refugee camp.

He adds that shooting one's firearm on different occasions constitutes a time-honored Syrian tradition. Many of the refugees carried their firearms with them into the camp, when the war forced them to leave their homes.

And while it is normal for life to carry on, and that there be wedding ceremonies inside the camp; it is anything but normal, according to al-Hamwi, that this heavy firing of weapons takes place on every occasion.

He says: "This is serious. It usually results in injuries, due to the random firing of bullets, and the cloth material of which he tents are made, which offer no protection from such shots."

He explains to Rozana, that some people in the camp have easy access to this ammunition, through their children and relatives who belong to one or another of the armed opposition groups.

Some camp residents, on the other hand, attribute the proliferation of weapons to the lack of control or of a police body regulating life in the camp. Says Abu Maher, "Shooting between tents is a crime in itself. These tents are made of cloth, and one simgle shot penetrating a tent may cause the death of at least ten people."

Abu Maher insists there be a monitoring committee to prevent the presence of weapons or their use in the weddings or brawls which take place inside the camp. He also confirms that many people demanded the concerned authorities and the Islamic Front to create police stations inside the camp.

These shootings will obviously spread fear among children more than others. Young Mohammed confirms to Rozana that children faint when they witness adults shooting at each other over a pot of water, or a relief basket.


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