For children across the Middle East and North Africa, Eid Al- Fitr is a time of festive family gatherings, new clothes, delicious sweets and gifts. But for thousands of children who have fled Afrin with nothing more than the clothes on their back, the usual cheerful spirit of Eid was nowhere to be found.
Between January and March 2018, violent fighting and attacks forced children and their families out of their homes in Afrin. Almost 134,000 people remain displaced in Tall Refaat sub-district, Nabul and Zahraa towns and surrounding communities, while 9,000 people have sought shelter in makeshift camps.
Violence and displacement have depleted families’ financial resources, leaving them unable to provide for their children’s basic needs, including summer clothes to replace the heavy winter clothes they fled in.
To alleviate some of the financial burden on families and help children reconnect with their childhood ahead of Eid, UNICEF distributed 35,000 summer clothing kits to displaced children aged 6 months to 14 years. Each kit contains a summer outfit, shoes, undergarments and a cap.