A choice to beat the cold

For the first time in Iraq, UNICEF is working using a system which assists the assessment and selection of beneficiary families for the winter clothing program

Anmar Rfaat
A family is buying winter clothes for their children
UNICEF Iraq/2018/Anmar

09 January 2019

On a very cold day in December, Olin and her family go shopping under a UNICEF Winter program that provides clothing for refugee children in Arbid camp in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq.

“This coupon helped us a lot in choosing the right thing for our children,” says Olin’s mother.

Olin's family bought Olin the clothes
UNICEF Iraq/2018/ Anmar

It’s very difficult, your child feels cold and you do not have the money to buy clothes, it’s really something that’s useful to us.

Rami (Olin's father)

Olin’s father is unemployed and does not have enough money to buy clothing for the winter. Olin's family left Syria because of war Six years ago, Olin was only one month old.

“We miss our city a lot, but this is the state of war. People always separate,” says Rami, father of Olin,

 

Olin is wearing a jacket
UNICEF Iraq/2018/Anmar

“I love the red jacket, I’ll wear it to school,” says Olin.

Each family in the camp receives a voucher with credit, depending on the number of children in the family, after that the families can go to choose their own children’s clothes in their own colors and measurements.

 

Winterization system
UNICEF Iraq/2018/Anmar

 

For the first time in Iraq, UNICEF is working using a system which assists the assessment and selection of beneficiary families for the winter clothing program.

This program covers more than 11,000 Syrian children living in Iraq, with the generous support of Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration