While hundreds of thousands of people have managed to escape the fighting in Raqqa since April, the fate of tens of thousands of civilians trapped in the Syrian city remains unknown. Ingy Sedky, from the International Committee of the Red Cross, reports from the camps outside the forlorn city.
“Take a picture,” the man said to me as he took my hand. “Show the world how we are living.”
He brought me to see his young daughter, who was having a bath in a basin full of contaminated, muddy water.
This family once had a house with running water and clean clothes. They went to work and school, and ate good meals together.
Now, this is all they have, this is how they live.