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It’s a Cold Winter in Syria, Too

Syrian Arab Red Crescent

As temperatures in Syria plummet, many families are struggling to find shelter from the harsh winter weather. Violence has forced people to flee their homes and take refuge in cold, damp accommodation without heating or adequate clothing.

Since the eruption of violence in Syria nearly four years ago, 7.6 million people have been displaced inside Syria, and 3.8 million have fled to the neighboring countries of Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, and Jordan. Families living in informal settlements, unfinished buildings, tents, and on the streets have confronted winter weather with limited resources to keep themselves safe and healthy.

The Syrian Arab Red Crescent is the primary provider of humanitarian services in the country. Volunteers work in extremely dangerous conditions to deliver necessities such as first aid, food, water, and items to keep people warm through the winter. Since the start of the fighting in the country, 40 Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers have lost their lives. For its part, the American Red Cross has contributed $2.3 million to support people impacted by the crisis.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.