Syrian Refugees Live in Hunger and Cold in Beqaa Valley

"We have nothing that we can do except to ask Allah for mercy and appeal for help from our brothers and sisters in your noble country," said Ahmad, one of the Syrian refugees in the Beqaa Valley, Lebanon.

Illustration. Syrian refugees need winter supplies, such as jackets, blankets and enough foodstuffs. As refugees, they rely heavily on humanitarian assistance. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, BEQAA - The Beqaa Valley is never comfortable in winter. The temperature often plummets up to the freezing point. This poses certain danger and difficulties for Syrian refugees. They have to deal with the chilling cold because, for them, Beqaa Valley is the only safe place.

Ahmad, one of the refugees met by the Aksi Cepat Tanggap partners this February, said that many children died of hunger and cold in the camps because their parents have nothing. This is the bitter reality in the Syrian refugee camp.

"We call you our Muslim brothers in Indonesia to help refugees who have nothing to do except to ask Allah for mercy and appeal for help from our brothers and sisters in your noble country," said Ahmad.



Floods and snowstorms often hit Syrian refugee camps. (ACTNews)

Apart from lack of food, floods and snowstorms often hit the camps. The floods and storms often exacerbate the situation of those needing medical assistance.

Fatima, another refugee, said the tents needed renovation because of the snow. Children and women are becoming increasingly vulnerable. “I have 20 family members in one tent. I have a son with a disability whose leg has been operated on six times. We have no electricity and live off rubbish. We are living in a terrible condition with no jobs nor protection from coronavirus," she said.

Aksi Cepat Tanggap, through the Indonesia Dermawan crowdfunding website, have at least 15 programs to help Syrian refugees and IDPs. Said Mukaffiy from the Global Humanity Response - Aksi Cepat Tanggap explained, every winter, Aksi Cepat Tanggap continues to provide the best assistance for Syrian refugees. “Last year, we worked to provide hundreds of winter aid packages. This year, with your support, we aim to help more refugees,” ended Said. []