Winter is here. Tens of thousands of refugees from Syria and Iraq are in desperate need for winterization aid.
UNHCR and its partners estimate that some 132,000 refugee households in Lebanon are in need of some kind of assistance during the winter.
Refugees flee with few possessions and are often unprepared for winter weather, lacking even the most basic protections against the cold. But, thanks to our donors, UNHCR — the UN Refugee Agency — is on the ground helping refugees stay warm, providing protection from the cold, cash assistance, emergency shelter and much more.
With generous donor support, the UN Refugee Agency will do everything in its power to ensure that Halima, her family and her fellow refugees stay warm and dry during these winter months.
With the crisis in Ukraine entering its first winter, UNHCR is racing to help the most vulnerable displaced people cope with harsh winter conditions.
Check out our storify featuring UNHCR's work to provide winter relief items to refugees impacted by powerful winter storms in the Middle East.
Imagine surviving winter in a drafty tent, watching your children shiver. This is reality for the nearly five million Syrian refugees throughout the Middle East
With the year-end gift you recently made, the UN Refugee Agency is rushing winter survival kits to Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley and other regions that face dangerous winter weather.
Huda - a powerful winter storm dumped snow, rain, wind and hail across the Middle East, effecting thousands of refugees across Lebanon and Jordan.
Hadeel was forced to flee her home with her four children in early October, shortly after explosions struck her hometown in Qamlishi, Syria. Now at Bardarash refugee camp she fears of the coming winter.
Winter storms are wrecking havoc on UNHCR refugee camps in Jordan and around the region. Check out these breaking updates from the field.
For Malek, Hamra and their children, securing their shelter is critical to surviving another winter in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley.
Next month will mark the eighth anniversary of the war in Syria. For the women, men and children trapped inside this ravaged country, life is a desperate struggle for survival — and winter is especially brutal. When UNHCR — the UN Refugee Agency — delivered winter supplies to Kafr Antoun, a rural village in northern Aleppo, last October, protection officers met a young boy named Moayyad.
These Syrian children will endure winter in makeshift tents, living in an informal refugee settlement in Lebanon.
A funding shortfall, coupled with this year's sharp growth in internal displacement, could leave up to 1 million Syrians and Iraqis without proper help as winter approaches.
UNHCR is stepping up measures to protect the hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees in Lebanon as they face the onslaught of a massive winter storm.
Thanks to support from USA for UHNCR donors, this family was able to get the emergency assistance they needed after arriving in Lebanon mid-winter.
To escape war, violence and persecution, many refugees leave everything behind — including coats, sweaters, boots and other winter essentials. You can provide warm, lifesaving winter clothing to those who endure winter with little protection from the cold.
IKEA will donate 1 euro to UNHCR for every lamp or light bulb sold to provide refugee camps with light and energy from renewable sources.
UNHCR has begun distributing essential winter items to 1.2 million displaced Iraqis and 178,000 Syrian refugees even with winter assistance program only half-funded.
Refugees often flee home with just the clothes they’re wearing. Each winter survival kit includes thermal blankets (5), mattresses (3), winter clothes and a plastic sheet to insulate their tent — crucial supplies for a family with only a tent to protect them from the cold.
Syrian refugee Haifa struggles to keep her family warm as she braces for another cold season away from home
Plummeting temperatures have brought new danger to Syrian refugee Um Mohammed's temporary home in Lebanon.