Syrian refugee Rouba (7) squeezes her hands trying to warm herself outside her shelter. © UNHCR/Dalia Khamissy
Syrian refugee children with plastic slippers standing in a puddle. © UNHCR/Dalia Khamissy
Syrian refugee Rouqaya (4) wears mismatched summer slippers as she stands next to her shelter. © UNHCR/Dalia Khamissy
Syrian refugee Bayan (4) stands barefoot outside next to a fire, where a water pot is being heated. © UNHCR/Dalia Khamissy
A Syrian refugee girl wears pink plastic slippers, as snow covers the mountains surrounding the valley. © UNHCR/Dalia Khamissy
Syrian refugee Zeina (6) carrying her little sister, walks past a puddle in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. © UNHCR/Dalia Khamissy
These children and more than a hundred other vulnerable refugees will endure winter in makeshift tents, living in an informal settlement in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. Many of the Syrian families here fled Aleppo, where they faced daily threats of barrel bombs and violence. Now these families must contend with a new threat: the cold.
More than half of refugee families in Lebanon live in insecure shelters like garages, tents, warehouses and barns. Many of these structures are ill-equipped for the freezing temperatures, storms and rain common in the valley during winter months.
In Lebanon, over 181,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugee families will receive assistance to keep warm and dry during the winter season.
Dec 30 2016