3.5 Tons of Coal Donated to Help Syrian IDPs During Winter

As winter reaches its peak, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) donated 3.5 tons of coal to help Syrian IDPs in Idlib. The coal is used to fuel their room heaters so they can get through the harsh winter.

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Distribution of coal to Syrian refugees. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, IDLIB – Aksi Cepat Tanggap recently distributed 3.5 tons of coal to Syrian IDPs in Idlib to fuel their room heaters.

Firdaus Guritno from ACT’s Global Humanity Response said the IDP tents that are made of tarps can’t protect them from the freezing winter,

“The distribution of the coal benefitted 870 individuals. This is our effort to help Syrians that were displaced from their homes amid the freezing winter,” said Firdaus.

During winter, many Syrian IDPs burn plastic waste and other flammable items to heat themselves. This poses a serious health risk.

“The effect of inhaling smoke from burning plastic is quite dangerous. The smoke can contain carbon monoxide, dioxins and furans, and other harmful particles. In the short term, it can cause dizziness and headaches while in long term it can trigger cancer," explained Firdaus.

On Tuesday (1/18/2022), a number of areas in Syria were hit by a fairly strong snowstorm that damaged hundreds of IDP tents and killed an IDP child. []