Children and families fleeing violence in Idlib seek safety

Violence forced over 300,000 people to flee their homes in Maarrat An-Numan and other towns in the area for safety.

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an elder on wheelchair
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01 February 2020

Children and families fleeing violence in Idlib seek safety in a detention centre-turned-shelter Since December 2019, an escalation in violence in southern rural Idlib has forced over 300,000 people to flee their homes in Maarrat An-Numan and other towns in the area for safety. Eighty per cent are estimated to be women and children. Displaced families have headed north towards safer parts of Idlib, seeking refuge at collective shelters in urban centers, in camps or in informal tented settlements in rural areas and close to the borders with Turkey, where they live in the most rudimentary conditions. Dropping temperatures are compounding the needs of vulnerable children and families across Idlib, including over half a million estimated to be in urgent need for humanitarian assistance

children playing in a collective shelter prison backyard
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In Idlib city, northwest Syria, forty-five displaced families with their children have sought safety in a juvenile detention centre turned into shelter, as a place of last resort, where they live in the most basic conditions.
Two old women sitting in front of the collective shelter
UNICEF/Syria2020/Forat Abdullah
In Idlib city, northwest Syria, forty-five displaced families with their children have sought safety in a juvenile detention centre turned into shelter, as a place of last resort, where they live in the most basic conditions.
a boy removing muddy water from the entrance
UNICEF/Syria2020/Forat Abdullah
“We shouldn’t be staying here. This is not a place for children,” says Ramez,10, (right) who is staying with his family at the juvenile detention centre turned into shelter in Idlib city, northwest Syria. “I had to leave everything behind, even my favorite toys. They were buried under the rubble,” he adds.

“I had to leave everything behind, even my favorite toys. They were buried under the rubble,”

Ramez, 10, (right)
children playing in the shelters backyard
UNICEF/Syria2020/Forat Abdullah
In Idlib city, northwest Syria, forty-five displaced families with their children have sought safety in a juvenile detention centre turned into shelter, as a place of last resort, where they live in the most basic conditions.

“This is such a gloomy place. I cannot sleep well in here,”

Shourouk, 10
a girl
UNICEF/Syria2020/Forat Abdullah
“This is such a gloomy place. I cannot sleep well in here,” says Shourouk, 10, who is staying with her family at the juvenile detention centre turned into shelter in Idlib city, northwest Syria.
a boy standing next to door inside a shelter
UNICEF/Syria2020/Forat Abdullah
In Idlib city, northwest Syria, forty-five displaced families with their children have sought safety in a juvenile detention centre turned into shelter, as a place of last resort, where they live in the most basic conditions.
 a girl
UNICEF/Syria2020/Forat Abdullah
“I don’t like staying here. The place doesn’t feel like home,” says Hanaa, 8, who is staying with her family at the juvenile detention centre turned into shelter in Idlib city, northwest Syria.