UNICEF in a $20 million gap in funding of the total $22.44 million to reach 435,000 children.
Without immediate support, thousands of children will be at risk as the cold winter weather begins to set in.
“I sold my wedding ring to get some fuel to keep the baby warm,”
Almost two years since violence escalated in Afrin district in northwestern Syria, pushing over 200,000 people to flee their homes for safety, families continue to live in unfinished buildings, makeshift camps and even out in the open in several areas in northern rural Aleppo, including Tall-Refaat, Fafin, Nabul and Zahraa. In Fafin camp, over 3,000 people live in tents in basic conditions, with little to fend off the cold and rain.
“We sleep side by side while holding my newborn baby to keep ourselves warm,”
“The clothes we fled with have turned into rags; they can no longer keep us warm!”
UNICEF is planning to reach over 435,000 children up to 14 years of age, including vulnerable newborn babies, across Syria. However, with $20 million gap in funding of the total $22.44 million UNICEF requires to reach these children, thousands of children may be not be able to stay warm this winter.