UNICEF distributes new clothes for children in tented camps in Syria

Over 13,000 people have sought shelter in Areesheh, a tented camp in the middle of the desert south of Hassakeh city. Most people fled with just the clothes on their backs.

UNICEF Syria
A child carrying a box
UNICEF/ Syria 2018/ Delil Souleiman

12 September 2018

Months of violence in Ar-Raqqa and Deir-ez-Zor governorates have forced thousands of families to flee their homes. Over 13,000 people have sought shelter in Areesheh, a tented camp south of Hassakeh city. Most people fled with just the clothes on their backs.

Years of violence and displacement have depleted families’ financial resources, leaving them unable to provide for their children’s basic needs, including clothes.

To help ease the financial burden on families, UNICEF distributed clothing kits to 8,000 children in Areesheh, aged one day to 14 years of age. Each kit contains a light outfit, shoes, socks, under- garments and a cap.

A girl carrying a box
UNICEF/ Syria 2018/ Delil Souleiman
Ithraa, 10, carries her new summer clothes, distributed by UNICEF to 8,000 children in Areesheh camp, south of Hassakeh city in northeastern Syria. Ithraa and her family have been living in the tented camp for almost one year, having fled their home in Deir-ez-Zor as violence escalated.
Children with their mother
UNICEF/ Syria 2018/ Delil Souleiman
10-year-old Rimas (left) was displaced together with her family from Al-Mayadin city in rural Deir-ez-Zor due to escalating violence and took shelter in Areesheh make-shift camp south of Hassakeh city more than 10 months ago. Rimas and all her siblings received new clothes.
A baby receiving her new summer clothes
UNICEF/ Syria 2018/ Delil Souleiman
Six months-old Soumaya received new summer clothes, distributed by UNICEF to 8,000 children in Areesheh camp, south of Hassakeh city in northeastern Syria. Baby Soumaya was born in the camp, after her family fled their home in Deir-ez-Zor only a few months before her birth.