As temperatures drop, around 5,000 people living in a tented camp near Fafin village in northern rural Aleppo are facing a harsh winter. Earlier in February, as violence escalated near Afrin, over 135,000 people were forced to flee their homes to neighboring towns and villages.
Many of them took shelter in makeshift camps in the most basic conditions, including in Fafin, hoping to return to their homes soon. It has been almost a year and they still hope and wait, with almost nothing to fend off against the cold. UNICEF regularly provides safe drinking water and family hygiene kits and has set up latrines at the camp. Mobile clinics are also providing children and mothers with primary healthcare services, including screening and treating malnutrition and the provision of preventive and therapeutic nutritional supplements. To provide the children with an alternative learning environment and a sense of normality and structure, UNICEF is also supporting non-formal education activities at the camp and engaging children in recreational and educational activities as a form of psychosocial support. Children also take part in sessions on mine risk education.