Fending off the cold winter

UNICEF reaches vulnerable children with warm winter clothes

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Children trying winter clothes in a camp
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24 March 2022

Eleven years into the conflict in Syria, freezing winter temperatures and heavy rains add to the vulnerability of families, who are increasingly barely able to make ends meet. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic is further worsening the deteriorating situation.

Large numbers of conflict-affected Syrian children and families have been displaced and forced to live in camps for the internally displaced or informal settlements. The makeshift tents offer very little protection against the harsh winter weather. Limited amounts of fuel, and lack of means for heating, make it extremely challenging to fend off the cold. Families struggle to afford the most basic supplies - including clothes, scarves, gloves, and shoes – to keep their children warm. 

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Internally displaced children help their parents during the winter clothes distribution in Kabish Wasti informal settlement, Raqqa, Syria on 15 February 2022.
Women and children receiving boxes
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A refugee woman is holding winter clothes for her children in Roj camp, Malikia, Northeast Syria, on 24 February 2022.

To help children keep warm during winter, UNICEF reached them, aged 0 – 14 years, in camp settings and collective shelters, through the distribution of winter clothing kits.

Families receiving boxes
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UNICEF Social Policy Officer is helping displaced women with children during the winter clothes distribution in Al Hol camp, Hasakah, northeast Syria, on 2 March 2022.
Child carrying a UNICEF box
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12-year-old Aqel is holding his kit and heading back to his tent in Salhabiya informal settlement, Raqqa, northeast Syria, on 13 February 2022.
Girl and a baby with a clothes box
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Internally displaced children help their parents during the winter clothes distribution in Kabish Wasti informal settlement, Raqqa, Syria on 16 February 2022.

Each clothing kit contained a winter jacket, a woolen sweater, a thermal outfit, warm winter trousers, a woolen hat, a scarf, gloves, socks, winter boots and warm pajamas. Baby kits also included body suits, a cotton set of gloves, a hat and socks, baby blankets, a baby coat, a carrying bag and hygiene supplies for babies.

 

UNICEF female staff unboxing clothes kits with a woman
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UNICEF Social Policy Officer helping an internally displaced woman to unpack the newborn kit the family received for their newborn girl, Aya, in the Roj camp, Malikia, northeast Syria, on 24 February 2022.
Children trying winter clothes
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A little boy is happily trying on his new pajamas in Mahmoudli camp, Raqqa, northeast Syria on 8 February 2022.
Boy holding a football
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A smiling boy is wearing his new waterproofed gloves and pajamas, received from UNICEF during the distribution of winter kits, in Mahmoudli camp, Raqqa, northeast Syria on 8 February 2022.

This winter, UNICEF has reached more than 98,000 displaced children in Syria with warm clothes.

This response has been funded by Governments of Austria, Canada and Japan, UNICEF Committees for Luxembourg and for Switzerland and Liechtenstein, and UNICEF’s Global Humanitarian Thematic Fund