Bringing Warmth for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

For Indonesians, snow is a rare, enjoyable sight. However, for Syrian refugees living in difficult situation, thick snow poses certain difficulties.

The happiness of Syrian children in Lebanon when receiving winter aid from ACT. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, ARSAL – If we type the keywords " Arsal camp" on Google's image search, it will show pictures of tents that are covered in snow. In winter, the temperature is bone-piercing cold. Arsal is one of the areas in Lebanon that hosts one million Syrians who have fled to avoid the war in their homeland.

In Arsal, the majority of the Syrian refugees are women and children. Their meager tents are only made of tarpaulin or patched cloth to prevent cold air or rain from seeping through the tent. In February and March, winter reaches its peak in Arsal, posing an imminent danger for refugees living in limited conditions.

Firdaus Guritno of Aksi Cepat Tanggap’s Global Humanity Response said that the Syrian population in Arsal have relied heavily on humanitarian assistance from non-governmental organizations. They live side by side with the poor population of Lebanon. "In this region, there are also approximately 450 thousand Palestinians who also live in difficulties," he said, Saturday (3/7).

Throughout the winter in 2020, ACT has sent blankets for Syrian refugees in Arsal. One thousand refugees benefit from this blanket distribution that took place from February 22 to 24.

Firdaus added that refugees in Arsal do not have anything to heat their tents. Their warm clothes are very limited, plus their shelters cannot properly protect them from cold air and thick snow when the winter reaches its peak.

"Previously in 2019, ACT had also sent winter assistance in the form of winter gear and blankets," he explained. []