Your kindness, their warmth
While we are blessed with a warm cosy weather here, some parts of the world are facing harsh weather with frosty cold winter. While some people have access to fuel and heating elements, some are lacking the resources to stay warm.
Refugees are already some of the most vulnerable people in the world, many have suffered violence, loss and hunger, but now as winter looms in the Middle East and North Africa, displaced families face significant risks to their health and wellbeing.
Freezing temperatures add to the misery that they are already suffering from. The collapsed economies, the lingering impact of COVID-19 and extreme weather linked to the climate crisis.
UNHCR estimates that 3.4 million Syrian and Iraqi refugees and internally displaced people in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt will need critical assistance to prepare for and cope with the upcoming winter.
In Lebanon only, where the severe economic crisis is pushing everyone to the brink, nine out of 10 Syrian refugees are already living in extreme poverty, forced to cut back on their food and medical care.
In Afghanistan, where winter temperatures can easily plunge to -25°C, many displaced and conflict-affected families will be left exposed to the elements.
Moreover, winter arrives amid a steep economic decline and only months after an earthquake in south-eastern Paktika and Khost provinces that triggered devastating loss and damage to the homes of thousands.
As they try to cover their basic needs, many are falling further into debt.
Our field offices have resumed their efforts to alleviate the suffering of many refugees across the affected areas.
Stand with them in their frosty cold winter.