Almost eight years of brutal war in Syria has devastated children's lives. Since December 2019, as many as 450,000 children have been forced to flee their homes in Idlib, Syria, due to an escalation in the ongoing conflict. The bitter winter weather is making this situation increasingly urgent.
Ten-year-old Hayat* has spent her whole life finding ways to survive. She and her family had to flee their home as airstrikes destroyed everything they knew. Now, they live in a tent in Idlib, where they are still far from safe.
“Airstrikes started attacking us, so we hid in the basement.” “They hit the houses, we were scared.”
Hayat* and hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing the relentless violence in Idlib in freezing cold temperatures. Our partners are on the ground. They tell us they have recorded cases of children dying because of the cold.
People fleeing do not possess adequate clothing and supplies to protect themselves. Displacement camps reportedly do not have the capacity to host any new arrivals
Right now, we are:
Helping children cope with the trauma of war and providing a safe space for them to just be children again
Giving blankets, warm clothing and toiletries to families who have been forced to flee their homes
Treating sick and injured children through seven health centres
Immunizing children against preventable diseases and helping children recover from malnutrition