UNICEF completes last round of winter clothes distribution

600 blankets and 16,000 clothing kits for children aged 0-14, including for 300 new-born babies, across the governorate.

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two children carrying UNICEF boxes
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26 March 2020

Syria UNICEF completed the last round of winter clothes distribution to vulnerable children in the governorate of Hama, central Syria. The impact of nine years of conflict and displacement combined with inflation and loss of livelihoods was compounded by a harsh winter that left families unable to protect their children against the cold. To ease the financial burden on families and help children cope with dropping temperatures, UNICEF distributed 600 blankets and 16,000 clothing kits for children aged 0-14, including for 300 new-born babies, across the governorate.

Governorate-wide distributions included families displaced from Idlib and living in collective shelters in northern rural Hama as well as those returning to war-ravaged areas amidst a severe lack of services.

child standing next to UNICEF boxes
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Alaa,14, received a new winter clothing kit, distributed by UNICEF in Kasr Ibn Wardan in Al-Hamra district in eastern rural Hama.
child girl setting on UNICEF box
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Maya, 3, received a new winter clothing kit, distributed by UNICEF in Kasr Ibn Wardan in Al-Hamra district in eastern rural Hama.
children trying new winter cloths
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Siblings Hanan, 6, and Rayan, 7, try on their newly received winter clothes, distributed by UNICEF in Kasr Ibn Wardan in Al-Hamra district in eastern rural Hama. “Now, I can send them to school, knowing that they won’t freeze.” says Hania, their mother, whose husband was killed in violence.

“Now, I can send them to school, knowing that they won’t freeze.”

Hania, mother of Hanan and Rayan
child stands between UNICEF boxes
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UNICEF completed the last round of winter clothes distribution to vulnerable children in the governorate of Hama, central Syria.
child trying new winter clothes
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Hussein, 11, checks the contents of his newly received winter clothing kit, distributed by UNICEF in Kasr Ibn Wardan in Al-Hamra district in eastern rural Hama. “I prefer summer over winter, because I can go out and play football with my friends!” says the young boy who instead must help his father on his daily scavenger hunts for firewood to provide heat for their family.