Syrian Refugees Struggle to Survive Amid Harsh Winter

Living in camps amid the raging humanitarian conflict, many Syrians have to deal with unpleasant winter every year.

The situation in a partially snow-covered refugee camp in Arsal, Lebanon on January 10, 2019. The conditions have become tougher for 60,000 refugees in Arsal refugee camp as a result of reduced aid in recent years. (Jihad Muhammad Behlok - Anadolu Agency)

ACTNews, IDLIB – In late December 2019, Anadolu Agency reported that 284,000 Syrian refugees fled the bombings in Syria’s Idlib to the Turkish border. The exodus of refugees had occurred since November 2019.

They crossed the border amid extreme winter. For Indonesians living in the tropical country, winter is something many have dreamt about. However, for Syrians, harsh winter is not something pleasant, especially in the midst of the war.

Syrian residents who fled to refugee camps on the Turkey-Lebanon border struggled to survive the winter in makeshift tents. They didn’t have enough food, and they had to prepare for the storms and flooding that often occur in winter.

"This is a very unpleasant situation," said one refugee in Syria as quoted by Al-Jazeera in early January.

Towards the end of 2020, the internally displaced Syrians and the refugees living in neighboring countries have to deal with another problem besides the harsh winter, namely the Covid-19 pandemic that hasn’t ended.

Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) has constantly assist the resident of Muslim countries that suffer from harsh winter every year by distributing winter aid, including blankets and winter gears. Firdaus Guritno of Global Humanity Response - ACT said that assistance from the donors will be distributed to the IDPs and refugees.

"During winter in Syria and its surrounding countries where Syrian refugees live, the temperature can plummet minus one degree Celsius. For this reason, the Syrian population is eagerly awaiting our winter aid,” explained Firdaus. []