By David Yougmeyer
LATTAKIA, Syria, 3 January, 2014 – The conflict in Aleppo drove Kiram , 54, his wife and six children from their home in Aleppo city to the relative calm of Lattakia, on Syria’s west coast.
Kiram and his family have been living in Lattakia city for the last 12 months and are now facing their second winter. Like many other displaced families, they live with relatives, where conditions are often crowded.
With winter temperatures biting, Kiram travelled to a Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) warehouse in the city, where relief supplies were being distributed. He lined up with other fathers.
Kiram was pleased to receive five UNICEF blankets along with food items from SARC: ‘This is better than nothing, but still not enough for my family,” he says matter-of-factly.