1.7 Million Syrian Internally Displaced People Suffer in Winter

In Syria, winter has arrived. Temperatures in Idlib can reach -7 degrees Celsius. Winter is becoming increasingly difficult for refugees living in refugee camps.

Syrian IDPs
Syrian IDPs in winter. (Special Document)

ACTNews, IDLIB – Winter has arrived in Idlib-a city in northwest Syria. Temperatures can reach -7 degrees Celsius as winter approaches. Because of these conditions, approximately 1.7 million internally displaced people are in excruciating pain.

The IDPs live in thin tents. As many as seven children, including a seven-month-old baby, died from the cold in the winter of 2020.

According to Firdaus Guritno of ACT's Global Humanity Response team, all humanitarian issues in Syria worsen when winter arrives. The winter has caused IDPs to fail to find jobs, reduce incomes, and have scarce food.

Based on the observations of ACT volunteers and partners in Syria who visited refugee camps in Idlib, the lives of IDPs change when winter arrives. The storm, among other things, damaged the refugee tents. Heavy rains cause floods inside the refugee tents.

Apart from that, the IDPs lacked warm clothing. Many IDP children walk around the camp without shoes or winter clothing. They also lack a heating machine, which is critical in preventing hypothermia.

"They are eagerly awaiting humanitarian assistance. Syrian IDPs urgently need winter clothing, blankets, and hot food," Firdaus stated.

The Syrian Meteorological Agency predicts that numerous storms and heavy rains will hit Syria in December. Local authorities have also asked IDPs to relocate to safer areas.[]