Children and families in northern rural Aleppo face harsh winter

UNICEF regularly provides basic humanitarian services to around 5,000 people living in a tented camp near Fafin village in northern rural Aleppo

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a child holding a dummy in a camp
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03 January 2019

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.

child flying a dove in a camp
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Children at Fafin camp are faced with a harsh winter as temperatures drop. Having fled Afrin almost a year ago as violence escalated, families arrived at Fafin with very few belongings, and nothing to fend off against the cold.
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Feryal, 3, plays outside her tent in Fafin camp in the northern rural Aleppo. Her family decorated their tent with colorful balloons to celebrate the upcoming new year. “We want to cheer ourselves up to get our minds of the displacement and loss,” says Feryal’s mother

“We want to cheer ourselves up to get our minds of the displacement and loss,”

Feryal’s mother
girl holding a dummy in a camp
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Amina, 3, clutches her toy in front of her family’s tent in Fafin camp in northern rural Aleppo.
young boy sitting next to tent and holding a notebook
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Hussien, 10, studies outside his family’s tent in Fafin camp in northern rural Aleppo. “I usually study outside because it’s very dark inside the tent,” says Hussein while working on his homework. Hussein uses a torn plastic bag as his school bag.

“I usually study outside because it’s very dark inside the tent,”

Hussien, 10,
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Khalil, 8, attends remedial classes at Fafin camp in northern rural Aleppo. His family tent is so worn out that rain is seeping in
little girl handwashing cloth in a camp
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Fatima,10, does her family’s laundry in front of their tent in Fafin camp in northern rural Aleppo