Syrian children are growing up without access to even the most basic supplies. And as winter approaches, children like Hala, age 3 months, are in danger of losing their lives.
Having fled intense violence in eastern Aleppo, Hala’s mother remained desperately worried about her baby’s safety. Relieved about escaping the conflict, she nevertheless lamented how “Hala was born during the worst times for our family.”
Hala, along with her mother and sister sought refuge in a former warehouse in Jibreen, Syria. 8,000 displaced people crowded into the shelter, desperate to find somewhere safe and warm. Yet the congregated iron and concrete floors do little to protect from the cold.
Hala’s family, like many others, live on the brink. Syrian families have had their finances wiped out from years of conflict, and parents struggle to provide food, medicine and clothing for their children.
“When we fled our neighbourhood”, says Hala’s mother, “I was so concerned about Hala, especially after I heard that a baby died because of the cold in the shelter.”
UNICEF is working around the clock to provide desperately needed winter clothing and thermal blankets. But resources are stretched and as each day passes, the urgency to reach the most vulnerable and hard to reach children increases.
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