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Syria: Cold and humid winter intensifies the problems of Aleppo's inhabitants

Conditions get worse

People in Syria are in need of warm clothes and food

Persistent fights force more and more Syrians to escape. Many of them find shelter within the country - thus, for example, in the former economic centre of Aleppo. The town has been destroyed during the civil war. The cold and humid winter intensifies the problems of inhabitants and refugees.

People in Need (PIN) has been active in the area for several months, and is assisting the inhabitants of the two hard-hit city districts of Al Fardous and Al Shaar. PIN is an Alliance2015 partner organisation that receives support from Welthungerhilfe.

The winter in Aleppo is cold and wet. Transport is unsafe. People are in need of warm clothes, gas and fuel oil. © Iva Zimova, People in Need
The winter in Aleppo is cold and wet. Transport is unsafe. People are in need of warm clothes, gas and fuel oil. © Iva Zimova, People in Need
Children especially are suffering from the cold. ©Iva Zimova, People in Need
Children especially are suffering from the cold. ©Iva Zimova, People in Need
Bread is distributed to particularly needy families. © Michal Przedlacki, People in Need  © Michal Przedlacki, People in Need
Bread is distributed to particularly needy families. © Michal Przedlacki, People in Need © Michal Przedlacki, People in Need
To buy food and limited items people have to cue in the cold for hours. © Iva Zimova, People in Need
To buy food and limited items people have to cue in the cold for hours. © Iva Zimova, People in Need
Many refugees find shelter in schools. © Iva Zimova, People in Need
Many refugees find shelter in schools. © Iva Zimova, People in Need
Playgrounds of debris, a daily basis for Aleppo´s children. © Iva Zimova, People in Need
Playgrounds of debris, a daily basis for Aleppo´s children. © Iva Zimova, People in Need

The winter in Syria will still continue for weeks. The people in Aleppo suffer from the cold; their houses are partially or totally destroyed; gas and electricity supplies have broken down.

In addition people suffer from hunger every day. Prices for everything - including basic foods - have increased by up to ten times since the civil war started. But only very few people can still afford to buy such products. The situation is particularly dramatic for the poorest of the poor and families with small children. In December and January PIN was able to distribute more than 1,700 baby food and meal packages as well as free bread to needy families thanks to financial support of Welthungerhilfe.

New baker's help against the famine

During the last weeks PIN established bakeries and supplied them with stoves, gas and 40 tons of flour.'Every day, ten bakers can make 475 packages of bread out of 1 ton of flour, each package weighing 2.3 kilograms. Successively, these packages can be picked up by the families in one of the eight distribution centres in the Aleppo’s district of Al Fardous,' Head of PIN Syria Mission Michal Przedlacki explains.

But in view of the continued civil war and insufficient supplies of food, more and more families and refugees in Aleppo are now affected by hunger - hence a need for the immediate and rapid expansion of aid to other city districts. Distributions of free bread are also being planned for the next weeks.

Jackets and trousers against the cold

Since January PIN has equipped tailors with materials. Now they sew 800 warm winter jackets and trousers for children in Aleppo. For months there has been no school. Now school lessons for 600 children are in the making. Pencils and notebooks are already distributed. In the next weeks one school is going to be repaired and supplied with enough heating material.

The aid measures in Syria are financially supported by the Federal Foreign Office, PIN and Welthungerhilfe.

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