After seven years of war, Syrians are struggling to survive. More than half the country’s population has been uprooted from their homes since the conflict began in 2011. Over 5.5 million people have fled to neighbouring countries. Most live in extreme poverty, unable to feed their children, access healthcare or keep a roof over their heads.
Renewed fighting in northeast Syria and extreme weather in the region are threatening the lives of already vulnerable refugees and displaced families once again this winter.
Over 25,000 people were forced to flee due to clashes and airstrikes in Deir-ez-Zor governorate in the past six months. The most affected are women, children and the elderly.
Syrian refugees have now been hit by Storm Norma. Several days of strong winds, heavy rain and snow have led to flooding and damage across Lebanon. More than 360 sites hosting 11,300 refugees are affected.
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"Much more humanitarian aid is needed, and above all, a political settlement to this conflict must be found."
Angelina Jolie, UNHCR Special Envoy