Winter Poses Unavoidable Danger for Syrian Refugees

Every year, winter brings great difficulty to the displaced Syrians. Without proper shelter, heater, and enough food supplies, they have to struggle go through the winter.

Without proper supplies, the Syrian refugees consider winters a nightmare (ACTNews)

ACTNews, ALEPPO, IDLIB - The nightmare for Syrian refugees is about to come. Winter is something they cannot escape nor avoid. UNICEF reports that an estimated 1.3 million Syrian children will be in danger as temperature drop to freezing point or below in several places.

Iman, a mother from Aleppo, thought her children were safe when she left her hometown in Aleppo. After losing her husband and home, Iman left Aleppo without taking with nothing but her four children. Just when they thought they were safe, she has to face the harsh winter that they couldn’t avoid.

Iman lost her two children to the winter. Her infant was the first to die as Iman desperately tried to warm some milk for him. Just weeks later, her young daughter also died. She was too weak to fight the illness caused by living in an adequate shelter.

Refugees in Syria need more supplies to help them fight the cold during winter. Freezing temperatures threaten the lives of refugees living in tents, especially children. (ACTNews)

When the temperature plummets, their fragile shelters are ravaged by snow storms and freezing cold. Wet, cold and without warm clothing, her children faced a harsh Syrian winter without protection.

Firdaus Guritno from the Global Humanity Response (GHR) team - Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) said that the winter also threatens the refugees who live in tents in Idlib area. Of the millions of refugees, Firdaus said, not all of them had food supplies and clothing to face the winter. "Winter gear, fuel and blankets are all they need. There are millions of refugees in Idlib and many of them live in tents," Firdaus told ACTNews, Tuesday (10/15).

Winter has always been a challenge for refugees. The Guardian reported in January that at least 11,000 child refugees and their families were facing a weekend of freezing temperatures with no shelter, after torrential rains across Syria’s Idlib province swept away tents and belongings. []