UNICEF helps families cope with a scorching summer in Al-Hol Camp

By distributing 45,000 summer clothing kits to children aged 0 to 14 years-old, thanks to a generous contribution from DFID.

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29 July 2019

As summer temperatures soar above 40 C° in Syria’s northeastern dessert, over 70,000 people, including nearly 49,000 children living in Al-Hol Camp have no escape from the relentless heat. To survive, families are having to spend the long daylight hours stuck in their shelters. Some of them are cutting slits through their tents in desperate attempts to cool them. After fleeing violence in Deir-ez-Zor during the winter and leaving everything behind, most of the camp families did not bring summer clothes and do not have the means to purchase new ones for their children. Many walk around barefoot on the searing ground. To help them cope, and thanks to a generous contribution from DFID, UNICEF started distributing 45,000 summer clothing kits to children aged 0 to 14 years-old in Al-Hol Camp. Kits contain shirts, T-shirts, trousers, sport shoes, socks, summer caps, and undergarments, in addition to bodysuits and outwear overalls for babies.

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men and women gathered around an aid worker table
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woman holding UNICEF boxes
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child holding a UNICEF box on head
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child carrying UNICEF boxes
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