Starving Syrian mother sets herself on fire at Jordan refugee camp


A Syrian refugee woman is in critical condition after setting herself on fire at a refugee camp near the Jordanian border due to lack of enough food.

Sundus Fathallah, 28, set herself and her three starving children on fire inside a tent at Rukban refugee camp near Syria’s border with Jordan as she helplessly watched her children starving, according to a local medic and spokesman at the camp.

Other refugees at the camp put out the fire, which damaged the tent, and evacuated the woman and her children to the hospital, spokesman Khaled al-Ali told dpa.

The woman and her infant were seriously wounded, while the two other children suffered minor injuries, he added.

“The refugee woman is suffering severe burns,” medic Shukri Shihab told Anadolu Agency.

He said the woman has been transferred to Jordan for medical treatment.

Omar al-Homsi, a spokesman for the civil defense agency at the camp, said there were conflicting reports about the incident.
“Some suggest that she was injured in a fire at her tent, while others say she committed suicide,” he said.


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