Fighting Cold in War-Torn Idlib

Fighting Cold in War-Torn Idlib

ACTNews, IDLIB – Winter poses a problem for the people in war-torn countries like Syria. The people in that country live in difficult condition during winter. They have no adequate food, shelter, fuel for their room heaters and blankets to protect them from the chilly air.

The Syrian IDPs in Atmeh live in humble buildings with tarp sheets as the roofs. Some live in makeshift tents. Their shelters are not good enough to protect the residents inside from the freezing winter.

On Thursday (2/28), Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) distributed winter aid in the form of blankets to help the refugees in Syria to protect them from the cold winter. “The blankets were distributed to 250 IDP families fleeing from the war,” reported Firdaus Guritno of Global Humanity Response (GHR) – ACT.

To this day, the war is still raging in Idlib. In mid-February, as reported by Al-Jazeera, twin bombings shook Idlib, killing at least 15 people, including 4 children, injuring dozens others.

Other aid distribution programs were also done on several locations. On the very same day, aid distribution also reached Syrian refugees in Arsal, Lebanon, benefitting 300 heads of household. Arsal City holds 65,000 Syrian refugees. Arsal is one of the coldest locations in Bekaa Valley. The temperature can reach up to minus one degree Celsius.

Winter is always the harshest time for the refugees. In mid-January, the Guardians reported that at least 11,000 Syrian refugee children and their families faced a weekend of freezing temperatures with no shelter, after torrential rains across Syria’s Idlib province swept away their tents and belongings. Camps in the border town of Arsal have been buried in snow. Settlements in the central and west Bekaa areas, where there has been heavy flooding, had experienced even worse damage. Few days before, the UN confirmed an eight-year-old Syrian girl died in Lebanon after slipping and falling into a river during the storm. []

 

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