UNICEF distributes winter clothes in Ma’adan, Raqqa, Syria

Thanks to the contribution from Canada and the Department for International Development (DFID), over 6,500 children in Ma’adan city in Raqqa, northeastern Syria received new winter cloths

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07 February 2020

UNICEF distributes winter clothes in the city of Ma’adan in Raqqa, northeastern Syria As temperatures continue to drop, thousands of families across Syria are left unable to provide their children with warm winter clothes, after years of displacement, loss of livelihoods and inflation. To help ease the financial burden on families, UNICEF is distributing winter clothing sets to children aged 0 to 14 across the country. Each clothing kit contains a thermal outfit, a winter jacket, woolen hat, scarf and gloves, as well as winter shoes.

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Adnan, 12, tries on the new shoes he received as part of the winter clothing kit, distributed by UNICEF thanks to a generous contribution from Canada and DFID. Adnan and his family returned to their home in Ma’adan cit in the governorate in Raqqa last year, having spent over two years on the move.
children sitting next to UNICEF boxes and one trying a new boot
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Aboud, 13, (in grey) and his siblings try on their new winter clothes distributed by UNICEF in Ma’adan city, Raqqa, thanks to a generous contribution from Canada and DFID. “Our income has been very limited since my father passed away, with only my older brother able to work,” explains Abboud who was displaced with his family almost three years ago, as violence escalated near their home in rural Raqqa.

“Our income has been very limited since my father passed away, with only my older brother able to work,”

Aboud, 13
child checking a UNICEF winter kit box
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Hamid, 11, checks the contents of the new winter clothing kit he received, distributed by UNICEF in Ma’adan city, Raqqa. Hamid’s family has been on the move for over three years, fleeing violence. “We don’t have heater or winter clothes,” he says while excitedly trying on his new clothes. “This is why I hate winter, it’s freezing,”.
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Ali, 12, received new winter clothes, distributed by UNICEF in Ma’adan city, Raqqa, thanks to a generous contribution from Canada and DFID. “Our only means of heating is to collect branches and nylon bags from junkyards and burn them to warm ourselves or cook,” explains Ali whose family was forced to flee their home over two years ago as violence escalated near their home in rural Raqqa.

Thanks to a generous contribution from Canada and the Department for International Development (DFID), more than 6,500 vulnerable children in Ma’adan city in Raqqa, northeastern Syria, have received winter clothes to keep them warm this season. Following a lull in violence, the city has attracted displaced families from war-ravaged areas in the northeastern region seeking safety, as well as those returning to their damaged homes, where they live in rudimentary conditions.