Radwan, 6, holds a shovel in front of his family's tent in the Al-Nour IDP camp in rural Idlib, Syria | Photo: ANSA/UNICEF PRESS OFFICE
Radwan, 6, holds a shovel in front of his family's tent in the Al-Nour IDP camp in rural Idlib, Syria | Photo: ANSA/UNICEF PRESS OFFICE

Thousands of children in camps for refugees and displaced people in Syria and Lebanon are suffering because of the freezing temperatures and flooding that have recently hit the region. According to UNICEF, 15 children have died recently in those camps.

In many camps in Syria and Lebanon, heavy rainfall has flooded the dirt roads. The tents, clothes and mattresses of many displaced people are soaked with water and mud. Syrian children, women and men who fled the civil war in their country are also facing freezing winter temperatures. 

In recent days, thousands of children have been left without shelter or protection from the adverse weather conditions, Save the Children has warned. In the worst hit areas, families are reportedly finding it difficult to get access to even the most basic of services. 

An estimated 35,000 children are suffering serious consequences of the freezing temperatures that have hit the region. 

Children freezing to death

Save the Children and UNICEF reported that some children have frozen to death in camps. According to UNICEF, some 15 children have died recently due to the low temperatures, harsh living conditions and lack of medical care. 

The most vulnerable children are living in camps for internally displaced people in Syria, Save the Children said. The situation has also grown worse also in refugee camps in Lebanon, where families and children are facing snowstorms and flooding. 

Save the Children is calling for more humanitarian aid for refugees and internally displaced people in Syria and Lebanon. The aid organization has reportedly distributed 1,000 blankets, sleeping bags, plastic sheets and over 300 hygiene kits in the region, but says that more humanitarian aid is urgently needed.  
 

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