UNICEF delivers lifesaving water to the most vulnerable families in Aleppo, Syria

320 water tanks installed in the area filled daily with 3 million liters of safe drinking water, thanks to generous contribution from ECHO

UNICEF
26 October 2020

Since January 2018, escalating violence in Afrin district, Northwestern Syria, has forced over 200,000 people to flee their homes, seeking safety in Tal Refaat, Fafin, Nabul and Zahraa in northern rural Aleppo. Families took shelter in unfinished or abandoned buildings, makeshift camps and even out in the open, amidst a severe lack of services.

children and families standing next to water tank and water tanker
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Children and families displaced from Afrin wait in line to collect water from UNICEF-supported tanks in Fafin village, northern rural Aleppo, thanks to a generous contribution from ECHO.
Three children filling water
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Antwan Chnkdji
Children displaced from Afrin fil buckets and jerry cans from a UNICEF-supported water tanks in Fafin village, northern rural Aleppo, thanks to a generous contribution from ECHO.
children carrying water jerrycans
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Antwan Chnkdji
“I help my family fetch water 5 times a day from the water tank,” says Heva, 8, who was displaced with her family from Afrin back in 2018, settling in Fafin village, northern rural Aleppo.

“I help my family fetch water 5 times a day from the water tank,”

Heva, 8
child standing next to water tank
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Antwan Chnkdji
UNICEF-supported water trucks filling the tanks installed in fafin village, northern rural Aleppo, thanks to a generous contribution from ECHO.
child filling water
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Antwan Chnkdji
Hasan, 5, likes to feel helpful despite his young age and helps his family fetch water from the tanks installed by UNICEF near his home in Fafin village, northern rural Aleppo.
boy water jerrycan
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Antwan Chnkdji
“I’m the eldest among my siblings so my family depends on me to fetch water from the tank,” says Manan, 12. Manan and his family were forced to flee their home in Afrin back in 2018 due to escalating violence, seeking safety in Fafin village in northern rural Aleppo.

“I’m the eldest among my siblings so my family depends on me to fetch water from the tank,”

Manan, 12
tanker filling water into water tank
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Antwan Chnkdji
UNICEF-supported water trucks filling the tanks installed in fafin village, northern rural Aleppo, thanks to a generous contribution from ECHO.

Thanks to a generous contribution from the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), UNICEF installed 320 water tanks in the area, in response to the massive displacement. The tanks are filled daily with 3 million liters of safe drinking water and sanitized on regular basis.