ACTNews, IDLIB – Since November, winter has come in Syria, covering the war-torn country in freezing cold and bringing hardship to the refugees including Syrian children living in Jisr As-Shughur camp in Idlib. They have only a few items to protect them from the cold, and many of these items are unfortunately have been too shabby to use.
A picture sent by Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) partners few days ago shows the image of girls with reddish faces. The color of their faces was not because of they use blushers. Rather, the reddish color on their faces was caused by the freezing winter temperature.
Fortunately, they no longer have to worry about the freezing cold, for thousands of winter gear packages were distributed to these children to protect them from the winter temperature.
Since Friday (11/30), ACT along with local volunteers in Idlib had visited camps in Jisr Ash-Shughur. For three consecutive days, in a building that has been used as a school, the team visited hundreds of Syrian children. The team distributed winter gear packages donated by Indonesians through ACT’s Winter Clothes Distribution program.
Firdaus Guritno of Global Humanity Response (GHR) ACT stated that Winter Clothes Distribution Program is one of ACT’s programs to fulfill the needs of the Syrian refugees along the Syria – Turkey border and the Internally Displaced People inside Syria during winter. He added that each children receives one winter gear package.
“In total, there are 1,000 packages that are distributed throughout Jisr Ash-Shughur. Each package containts undergarments, jackets, sweatshirts, knit caps, gloves and socks,” said Guritno.
Once again, abundant happiness was seen on the faces of the Syrian refugees that benefit from the aid distribution. The children were eager to bring their packages to their tents. They were impatient to try the warm clothes and hats. They even opened the packages and tried the winter clothes in front of their tents.
For the children who has not started going to school yet, the team visited their tents. One of these children was a girl who welcomed the team with bright smile. She was enthusiastic when one of the team members helped her to put on the gloves that ACT has given her.
“Alhamdulillah, ACT can always benefit the Syrian refugees, especially children. Even just one winter clothes package was able to bring bright smiles on their faces. Hopefully it will bring warmth to the Syrian children,” said Guritno.
The hardships that the Syrians face in winter is nothing new to them. In late 2017, for instance, they have to spend winter amidst fighting.
ACT still has other humanitarian programs to help the Syrians until the end of winter in March. “Insha Allah, we will provide not only winter clothes. In the end of this month, ACT will distribute fuel to power their room heaters,” concluded Firdaus.