Syria refugees facing a brutal winter in Lebanon

SHAFAQNA – Holding up in their makeshift camps for the fourth year, Syrian refugees in Lebanon have been facing a brutal winter which froze many of them to death, with no hope of better days in the future.

“We are slowly dying here, no one is coming to help us and we have nothing,” Umm Abdo, a Syrian refugee based in the town of Arsal told Al Jazeera, adding that she was worried about the children living with her, who may suffer from hypothermia.

“We have no food, we have no bread, we have no heating oil, and we don’t know what to do,” she said, crying.

“We have been forgotten about and we are going to freeze to death”.

The Middle East has been hit by severe winter storm last week, forcing millions of displaced Syrian refugees to face death in their camps.

Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, the four countries with the majority of displaced Muslims, freezing winds, rain, snowfall and plummeting temperatures froze many Syrians to death.

At least seven people have died inside Syria in the past week due to the cold weather and shortage of medical treatment and heating.

Children twins and an elderly men died in Aleppo, one child died in a suburb of Damascus, a child and an elderly man died in Deir Ezzor, and one child died in Daraa.

In Damascus, 30 critical cases were recorded from ambulance responses, Leen Kilarji, the information management officer for the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, told Al Jazeera.

According to pro-opposition Syrian Network for Human Rights, at least 27 people, including 16 children and three women have lost their lives due to the freezing weather during the conflict in the strife-ridden country since March 2011.

Sixteen frozen Syrian bodies were found in Lebanon, Turkey and other refugee camps, and the rest of them were killed across the country following the onset of major winter storms and bad weather conditions.

More recently, a 2.5-month-old refugee baby froze to death in a refugee camp of Lebanon.

More than 190,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict between the Assad regime and opposition forces began in early 2011, according to UN figures published in August 2014.


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