Harsh Winter Descends on Syrian Refugees

The photo shows a Syrian refugee child. (Photo courtesy of Ahill34, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0&gt;, via Wikimedia Commons)

A bitterly cold winter has descended on northwest Syria, putting refugees from the civil war at risk. With no money to buy warm clothes or a furnace, some resort to burning garbage. Heavy, noxious smoke puts people at risk for suffocation, and fires can easily get out of control.

The U.N. refugee agency says the region needs 182 million dollars in aid this year but has only secured half that amount.

Brutal conditions

Samuel with Redemptive Stories says, “Where we live, it’s all cement construction, cinderblock. We have very little insulation. Whatever the temperature is outside is often what it is inside. There has been flooding, regular snow, and other storms that are hitting the northern part of Syria in particular.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller


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