UNICEF reaches children in Al-Hasakeh with winter clothes

Over 14,500 winter clothing kits to children under 15 years of age, including more than 800 newborn winter kits

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23 November 2019

UNICEF reaches children in Al-Hasakeh, displaced by violence in northeast Syria, with winter clothes Six weeks into the escalation of violence in northeast Syria, nearly 74,400 people, including over 31,000 children, continue to be displaced. Displaced children and families have fled the fighting carrying no more than the bare essentials and the clothes on their backs. Forced to leave their homes behind, families moved toward Al-Hasakeh and Ar-Raqqa governorates to stay with relatives in host communities or in collective shelters in extremely harsh conditions.

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“The day we fled home, we were scared because of all of the sounds of fighting,” says Huda (centre of photo), 9, who fled with her family escalating violence in Ras al-Ain, northeast Syria, seeking safety at a school shelter in Al-Hasakeh city, northeast Syria.
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UNICEF reaches children in Al-Hasakeh, displaced by violence in northeast Syria, with winter clothes Six weeks into the escalation of violence in northeast Syria, nearly 74,400 people, including over 31,000 children, continue to be displaced.
Twins posing to camera
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Twins Hasan and Husain, 11, fled with their family escalating violence in their hometown of Ras al-Ain, northeast Syria, more than five weeks ago. They have been out of school ever since. “When the fighting became close, we fled home on foot to Alameriyah village (rural Ras al-Ain) and stayed with relatives,” says Husain. “But the fighting intensified there, so we had to leave again and come to Al-Hasakeh city,” he added. Both wish to go back to their home and resume their learning. “I want to be a mechanic at my own workshop in the future,” says Husain, while Hasan wants to be an electrician when he grows up.
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“I escaped home barefoot. We had to leave everything behind! Even important documents,” says Nur Al-Din, 11, wearing his new coat. Nur Al-Din fled with his family, more than four weeks ago, their hometown of Ras al-Ain, northeast Syria, due to escalating violence. The family sought safety at a school shelter in Al-Hasakeh city, northeast Syria.

“I escaped home barefoot. We had to leave everything behind! Even important documents,”

Nur Al-Din, 11
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UNICEF/Syria2019/Masoud Hasen
UNICEF reaches children in Al-Hasakeh, displaced by violence in northeast Syria, with winter clothes Six weeks into the escalation of violence in northeast Syria, nearly 74,400 people, including over 31,000 children, continue to be displaced.
child trying new shoes
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“I want to wear my new clothes back home,” says Hisham, 10, as he tries on his new shoes. Together with his family, Hisham fled escalating violence in Ras al-Ain, northeast Syria, five weeks ago, seeking safety at a school shelter in Al-Hasakeh city, northeast Syria. “As the fighting got worse one morning, we got into the car to leave Ras al-Ain,” he says. “The roads were crowded. Many people were escaping for safety and children were crying in fear,” Hisham added.
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Ramadan, 10, and Radwan, 6, two brothers wearing their new sweaters provided by UNICEF as part of winter clothing kits distributed to children under the age of 15 in Al-Hasakeh, northeast Syria. The family fled escalating violence in their hometown of Ras al-Ain, northeast Syria, seeking safety at a school shelter in Al-Hasakeh city. “We went to Tal Tamr first, but as the fighting affected the area, we had to leave toward Al-Hasakeh city,” says Ramadan. “We don’t have enough water or gas for cooking over here. I haven’t had tea for three days. I miss it,” says Ramadan, about the living conditions in the shelter.
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“I love me new clothes! They’re warm,” says Anwar, 10, who fled with his family their hometown of Mahras villages in rural Ras al-Ain, northeast Syria, and sought safety at a school shelter in Al-Hasakeh city, northeast Syria. “We fled home on a tractor, we couldn’t carry much with us, so we had to buy blankets and mattresses to sleep on,” he adds.

“I love me new clothes! They’re warm,”

Anwar, 10
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Six-year-old Abdul Qadir pauses for a photo wearing his new winter coat as part of winter clothing kits UNICEF has reached children under 15 years of age with in Al-Hasakeh, northeast Syria. Abdul Qadir’s family fled escalating violence in Ras al-Ain, northeast Syria, seeking safety at a school shelter in Al-Hasakeh city.
child posing to camera in new fit
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Alaa, 10, pauses holding his new sweater. Together with his family, he fled escalating violence in Ras al-Ain, northeast Syria, seeking safety at a school shelter in Al-Hasakeh city, northeast Syria. “We walked for two hours to the main road to find a ride to Al-Hasakeh city,” says Alaa.

In Al-Hasakeh governorate, as temperatures drop, to help keep the children warm and support the families whose sources of income are gone or have been severely impacted, UNICEF has distributed over 14,500 winter clothing kits to children under 15 years of age, including more than 800 newborn winter kits, reaching them in shelters and host communities.