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The coldest winter in 20 years for Syrian refugees

Posted by Caroline Gluck Humanitarian Press Officer

1st Feb 2013

Photo: Ahmed, Mohammed Sami in the small room in which they live (with their mother and five more relatives), Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. Photo: Luca Sola

As donors met in Kuwait to pledge millions of dollars in help to those affected by conflict in Syria, Caroline Gluck spent the day in Jordan's Zataari camp, now home to more than 70,000 Syrian refugees. She wrote for Independent Voices:

"This region has seen its coldest winter in 20 years. Earlier this month, Lebanon and Jordan faced severe winter storms and heavy snow. It was an especially miserable time for the refugees, many of whom fled with just the clothes they were wearing. Large numbers are living in tents, damp unfinished buildings, or makeshift self-built shelters without heating or electricity. In Zataari, many tents collapsed or flooded in the heavy storms.

"Oxfam and other agencies have been providing warm blankets, mattresses, heating oil and stoves to try to provide some relief during this difficult time of the year.

"Today's promises of large-scale aid are encouraging. But promises and pledges must be quickly turned into real aid on the ground so that families quickly get the help they so desperately need."

Read Caroline's full article at Independent Voices.

And please support Oxfam's Syria appeal.

Blog post written by Caroline Gluck

Humanitarian Press Officer

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