Syrian refugees face “worst winter yet”

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Edinburgh Direct Aid is appealing for donations to help victims of the conflict.

17th February 2020 by Gavin Stuart 0 Comments

A charity is appealing for donations to support refugees in Syria and Lebanon.

Severe storms are causing untold misery for Syrians living in tents and makeshift shelters amid sub-zero temperatures.

In northwest Syria, hundreds of thousands of civilians recently displaced by intense fighting in Idlib gather in such conditions around the closed Turkish border.

On the other side of the border with Lebanon, tens of thousands of refugees in Arsal, which lies at an altitude higher than Ben Nevis, contend with rising prices, road closures, and diminishing access to aid.

Edinburgh Direct Aid (EDA) is now urging Scots to send financial support to help the refugees through their worst winter yet.

A spokeswoman for the charity said: “The immediate issue is keeping the snow out of the tents and getting enough food and heat for their families.

“Other problems will follow – floods as the snows melt, increasing illness as immunity lowers. And ever present is the fear and lack of hope as the war drags on.”

EDA is currently sending supplies of clothes & blankets to Idlib and distributing heating oil and food in Arsal, where it also provides more long term support with education and training.

Information on how to support the charity’s relief efforts can be found on its website.