Freezing weather is sweeping the Middle East and North Africa, once again this winter. Temperatures drop to zero and below in several areas. Children in the region get sick, stop going to school and are at risk of dying.
Millions of vulnerable children in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt and the State of Palestine will have little protection against the cold this coming winter. Most have fled violence with almost nothing. In those countries alone there are nearly 4 million internally displaced children and 3.5 million children living as refugees. Last winter, two Syrian children died from the cold as they fled the war in Syria in attempt to reach safety in neighbouring Lebanon.
Prolonged conflicts and subsequent displacement have made humanitarian needs more acute than ever, with families living in shelters without heating or protection from the cold. Families struggle to afford the most basic supplies - including clothes, scarves, gloves and shoes – to keep their children warm.
Funding gaps threaten to leave nearly 1 million children out in the cold in the Middle East and North Africa
UNICEF facing $33 million funding shortfall for lifesaving winter supplies and cash assistance for children, placing them at risk of illness, school absences or death
“Years of conflict, displacement and unemployment have reduced families’ financial resources to almost nothing. Staying warm has simply become unaffordable,”