Trying to Survive Beneath Thick Snow

Meal packages reached the tents of Syrian IDPs in Idlib. They stay in camps despite the winter cold

Aksi Cepat Tanggap volunteers preparing meal packages for IDPs in Idlib. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, NORTH IDLIB – The room was filled with fragrant steam from the cooking rice. Some volunteers took turns mixing the rice, preparing the chicken, and preparing the rice containers. The Indonesian kitchen in one of the buildings in the city of Idlib was busy preparing a thousand meal packages, Thursday (2/13).

Indonesian Public Kitchen for Syria distributed meal packages until Friday (2/14). The two-day meal package distribution was done in collaboration with BAMUIS BNI and Kitabisa.

Firdaus Guritno from Global Humanity Response – Aksi Cepat Tanggap said that the meal distribution reached the Syrians that are internally displaced in North Idlib. "They fled without carrying their wealth. They rely on humanitarian assistance to survive," said Firdaus.

Many of the hundreds of thousands of IDP are women and children living with limited food in cold winter. They had to leave their homes due to military attacks. The IDP camps in North Idlib are already holding five times of their capacity, leading to food and water shortages. The place cannot hold any more IDPs, as reported by The Guardian. This February, with the temperature in Idlib ranging from 5-13 degrees Celsius, the IDPs have to survive in tents amid chilly cold. []