The humanitarian crisis unfolding in northwest Syria is forcing families to flee their homes at an alarming rate. Approximately 900,000 people have been uprooted from their homes in the past three months, with an increase of more than 100,000 people in less than a week. The vast majority – about 80 percent – are women and children.
Mark Lowcock, UN’s head of Humanitarian Affairs, warned about the overcrowded conditions in existing camps and settlements, which has forced people to sleep outside in freezing temperatures.
Settlements of displaced people, health facilities, schools and basic infrastructure have been under daily attack, resulting in deaths, injuries and further displacement.
“Civilians fleeing the fighting are being squeezed into areas without safe shelter that are shrinking in size by the hour. And still they are bombed. They simply have nowhere to go,” said Michelle Bachelet, UN Human Rights chief.
Despite the challenging circumstances, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is ramping up operations in the region and continues to deliver shelter kits, essential lifesaving aid - including thermal blankets, mattresses, winter clothing and plastic tarps - and protection services through all available channels. But as violence continues, more resources and funding will be urgently needed.
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