Syrian refugees facing harsh winter

Kamouna, Idlib, Syria, 2 December 2016. Syrian refugees in the camps inside Syria for internally displaced people are facing harsh weather. More Syrians have been fleeing their home and towns as a result of the latest intensifying of air raids in their country. In an attempt to find refuge from the strikes, some Syrians have also begun living in caves.

Since the outbreak of the war in March 2011, the UN has estimated 11 millions of Syrians have fled their home, of which 6,6 million are being internally displaced within Syria, and over 4.8 million are refugees outside of Syria. This means that more than 50% of Syria’s population is currently displaced. Assistance to internally displaced persons within Syria, and Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries, is planned largely through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). According to the UN, as Syria has entered the sixth year of war 13.5 million Syrians are in need of humanitarian assistance within the country.

As stated by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 4.8 million Syrians have fled to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq. Amnesty International is calling for at least 450,000 people, the most vulnerable refugees in the five main host countries (10% of the refugees) to be offered resettlement or other forms of admission by the end of 2016.

Half a million people among those crossing the Mediterranean this year were Syrians escaping the conflict in their country. According to Amnesty International 162,151 resettlement places have been offered globally since the start of the Syria crisis.

Photographer: Juma Muhammad/Images Live

Report: Mara Jini/Images Live