LATTAKIA, Syria, 2 January 2014 – As winter continues to batter Syria, having brought snow to some areas and widespread cold temperatures, UNICEF is providing winter supplies to help keep children and families warm.
The winter weather worsens the already difficult living conditions for children and families caught up in the crisis. Some 9.3 million people – close to 4.3 million aged under 18 – are affected by the on-going conflict. Of these, 6.5 million people, including almost 3 million children have been displaced from their homes. Many are living in schools, other public buildings or unfinished apartment blocks which have been converted to shelters.
It is essential that children and their families are adequately cared for and kept warm. These needs are especially urgent for children, not only because they are such a high proportion of the affected population, but because children are the most vulnerable and have the most urgent needs. Children must be kept warm and protected from winter illnesses, that can prove fatal among vulnerable populations.
UNICEF’s emergency assistance includes one million high thermal blankets, 500,000 plastic sheets, 100,000 sets of children’s clothes, and 50,000 baby blankets.
The UK Aid has played an essential role in supporting UNICEF’s winter emergency efforts in Syria, including the distribution of much-needed blankets for children and families.
A woman affected by the on-going conflict receives UNICEF blankets during a recent Syrian Arab Red Crescent distribution of relief items in Lattakia. © UNICEF/Syria-2013/Mebrahtu
Women line up to receive relief supplies, including UNICEF blankets, from a Syrian Arab Red Crescent distribution point in Lattakia city. ©UNICEF/Syria-2013/Mebrahtu
A Syrian Arab Red Crescent worker prepares to distribute relief supplies to conflict-affected families, including UNICEF blankets, at a warehouse in Lattakia city. ©UNICEF/Syria-2013/Mebrahtu
UNICEF blankets, along with food supplies, are about to be distributed from a Syrian Arab Red Crescent warehouse in Lattakia. The blankets will help keep displaced children and their families warm during the winter months. ©UNICEF/Syria-2013/Mebrahtu
Men gather at a distribution point in Lattakia to receive UNICEF blankets and other items for their families, who have been affected by the on-going conflict in Syria. ©UNICEF/Syria-2013/Youngmeyer
Syrian Arab Red Crescent workers distribute UNICEF blankets and other relief supplies to conflict-affected families in Lattakia. ©UNICEF/Syria-2013/Youngmeye
Conflict-affected women and children line up to receive UNICEF blankets and other relief items during a Syrian Arab Red Crescent distribution in Lattakia. ©UNICEF/Syria-2013/Youngmeyer
Conflict-affected families gather on a cold winter’s day at a Syrian Arab Red Crescent distribution point to receive UNICEF blankets and other relief supplies. ©UNICEF/Syria-2013/Youngmeyer
A conflict-affected woman receives UNICEF blankets for her family at a distribution point run by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in Lattakia. The blankets are essential to help keep children and their families warm during the cold winter months. ©UNICEF/Syria-2013/Youngmeyer
A conflict-affected man receives UNICEF blankets during a distribution of relief supplies in Lattakia. © UNICEF/Syria/2013/Youngmeyer
Men wait to receive relief supplies, including UNICEF blankets, for their families from a Syrian Arab Red Crescent distribution point in Lattakia city. With the cold winter temperatures, frequent power cuts, and lack of heating fuel, the blankets are essential to help keep children and families warm. © UNICEF/Syria-2013/Youngmeyer