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‘Nobody cares about us’: Syrians stuck at Rukban camp decry lack of testing

Syrians in the Rukban camp near the Jordanian border hope the coronavirus does not reach their isolated area as they have no coronavirus test kits; they also cannot cross the border into Jordan for any other type of medical care unless they have taken such a test and have proven negative.
SYRIA - FEBRUARY 20, 2019: A humanitarian corridor for refugees leaving the Rukban refugee camp and 55-kilometre US-controlled Al-Tanf security zone in the settlement of Jabal al-Ghurab. Syria's law enforcement authorities and military police units of the Russian Armed Forces provide security at the two humanitarian corridors, Jleb and Jabal al-Ghurab. Konstantin Machulsky/TASS (Photo by Konstantin Machulsky\TASS via Getty Images)

In a remote strip of land along the Jordan-Syria border just miles away from a US military base, thousands of trapped civilians are bracing for a coronavirus outbreak they fear will cripple their isolated community.  

It would be a disaster,” said Um Mohammed, a midwife at Rukban camp in southeastern Syria. “It would be the end of the people who are living in Rukban.” 

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