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Children battle freezing winter in refugee camps outside Syria

WHILE much of Australia suffers extreme heat this week, refugees fleeing violence in Syria are bracing against extreme cold.

As of December 20, there were 106,724 Syrian refugees registered with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Jordan. A further 41,868 were awaiting registration.

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UNICEF has been distributing clothing kits for children and their families in camps in Jordan. Many refugees left Syria when the weather was warmer meaning they were carrying light clothing and inadequate supplies of blankets.

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Children rug up in UNICEF-distributed clothing to guard against the bitter winter.

To support children fleeing violence in Syria, donate to UNICEF Australia’s Syria Crisis appeal.

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Children walk on a dirt path, passing tent shelters in Za’atari, a camp for Syrian refugees on the outskirts of Mafraq, capital of the northern Mafraq Governorate. Water puddles have formed off the muddy edge of the path. The tents bear the logo of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. Za’atari camp is currently home to approximately 66,400 refugees.

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A Syrian boy from a tented settlement in the Bekaa region of Lebanon. Late last year heavy rain was recorded in the region. As Lebanon slips into its winter months, these areas become extremely vulnerable to flooding and snowfall.

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A Syrian woman lights a diesel heater inside a refugee tent, in a camp inside Lebanon. With barely enough money to buy the fuel, these heaters are turned on for a couple of hours in the morning and in the evening. Refugees cannot afford to turn them at night when temperatures are at their lowest.


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UNICEF and partners are supporting the ongoing provision of winter supplies. To continue its response, UNICEF requires $171 million to maintain supplies, health care and child support through the first six months of 2013.

UNICEF has finalised contingency plans to support about 7 million people inside Syria and 1.7 million refugees in the region.

UNICEF has put a figure of 1.15million against the number of children affected by conflict and violence to date. Of registered refugees outside of Syria, 233,000 are children. Those figures continue to rise.

To support children fleeing violence in Syria, donate to UNICEF Australia’s Syria Crisis appeal.

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