Syrian refugee children living in Lebanon and Jordan are bearing the brunt of winter’s cold. Families struggle to stay warm and need your support and prayers to survive.
Syrian refugee children living in Lebanon and Jordan are getting a bitter taste of the days ahead: winter.
“I don’t know how we will survive,” says Ali, a father of four in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. He spoke with World Vision in October.
Ali used white plastic tarps to drape across the wooden beams of his shelter, a flimsy barrier against the elements. The dirt floor was ice cold. He feared winter and the inability to protect his family from it.
The coldest months are now upon the region, and families desperately seek heating fuel, stoves, blankets, and other necessities to keep warm and nourished.
“I am a little bit scared,” said Salam, a pregnant mother of a 20-month-old toddler. She and her family live in Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp.
Near the northern border with Syria, Za’atari is home to nearly 120,000 Syrian refugees — twice the number it was designed to accommodate.
“Every woman who is pregnant here is a bit scared,” Salam says. “The most frightening part is afterwards, with a newborn — the cold weather, the food, and the condition of the food — and wondering if it will all be okay for the baby.”
“We do not have any warm clothes, no coats or blankets,” says Nura, a Syrian refugee mother of three living in Zarqa, an impoverished area in Jordan. “My children do not even have socks.”
More than 2 million people have fled to neighboring countries to escape Syria’s violence. Many are living in tented settlements, camps, or ill-equipped apartments that offer little protection from the cold. Within Syria, 6.5 million displaced people face similar challenges.
The Jordanian and Lebanese governments are coping with the crisis as best they can. Everyone and everything caught up in the Syrian crisis is stretched thin — there’s never enough.
Please join us in prayer for refugee families like Salam and Ali who are at risk this winter:
Lord, have mercy on those who have no warm place to stay. Provide desperate families with ample resources to stay warm and survive the winter cold. Infuse aid organizations with extra supplies to meet the myriad needs. Lord, we trust in You.