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Red Cross calls for help as winter comes to Syria

The oncoming winter in Syria means a new emergency for millions left without adequate shelter or clothing.

Wednesday November 26, 2014

Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers distribute bedding and blankets. Photo: IFRC/Ibrahim Malla

Freezing winter conditions are making life even harder for millions of Syrians who need urgent aid. Families forced from their homes now face a season of severe snow and sub-zero temperatures without adequate shelter and warm clothing.

Winter in the mountainous regions of Syria brings prolonged periods of rain, snow and below-freezing temperatures. This, compounded by fuel and resource shortages resulting from ongoing fighting and a severely weakened economy, creates the potential for a major humanitarian crisis over the coming months.

To prepare families for the harsh times ahead, Red Cross Red Crescent is providing blankets, mats and mattresses to 50,000 families in the regions of Damascus, Deir-Ez-Zor, Ar-Raqqa, Dar'a, Homs and Idlib. As the process of supply tendering, procurement and delivery can take several months, it's a race against time to ensure these items will get to where they are needed before the cold season hits.

The oncoming freeze compounds the problems faced by displaced Syrians. At a Syrian Arab Red Crescent warehouse, volunteers are dispatching food parcels and hygiene kits to communities in need across the nation. They are racing against time as the days turn colder.

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Red Cross is urgently calling for help to provide Syrian families with the supplies they need to survive the coming winter.

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