Food Aid and Winter Clothing Bring Smile to Syrian Refugees in Akkar

Fleeing the war, Syrian refugees in Lebanon have to face the harsh reality of losing their belongings and savings. They live in poverty and susceptible to diseases in cold winters. The presence of food packages and winter clothes brought smiles to the faces of the Syrian refugees in Akkar.

ACT gave food packages as part of winter aid for Syrian refugees in Akkar, Lebanon. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, AKKAR - In the midst of a series of disasters that hit Indonesia, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) does not stop distributing aid to victims of humanitarian crises around the world, especially in the middle of the harsh winter. One of the most recent winter aid distribution took place in Akkar, a governorate located in northern Lebanon, close to the Syrian border.

ACT volunteers in Lebanon distributed winter aid in the form of food packages and warm clothes to hundreds of Syrian refugees who live in tents in Akkar

"As many as 450 people received winter aid packages which were distributed from January 12 to 18 2020," reported Said Mukaffiy from ACT's Global Humanity Response team, Saturday (1/23/2021). The aid that was distributed in mid-January was the supported by Ippho Santosa and the donors who contributed through Kitabisa.com.

Fleeing the war, Syrian refugees in Lebanon have to face the harsh reality of losing their belongings and savings. They live in poverty and susceptible to diseases in cold winters.

The condition for Syrian refugees in Lebanon gets worse during the winter. Apart from the freezing cold, their tents are also prone to damages caused by storms. “Their tents are flooded with rainwater and hit by strong winds every year. The storm not only destroyed Syrian refugee camps but also isolated several villages,” added Said.

The food packages and winter clothes brought smiles to the faces of the Syrian refugees in Akkar, one of whom was Amatullah *, a mother of three who lived in one of the tents in the refugee camp in Akkar. To ACT volunteers in Lebanon, she expressed her gratitude for the aid packages.

"We are very grateful to the Indonesian people who have given this assistance. We also thank ACT. This assistance is really what we need," she said.

Lebanon has become one of the destinations for refugees to flee the civil war. In the Akkar region near the border with Syria, thousands of refugees have crossed in since the outbreak of the conflict. As of September 30, 2020, there were more than one hundred and six thousand Syrian refugees living in Akkar, the majority of whom live in informal refugee tents. []

*not her real name