Many Syrian refugees who were displaced to Lebanon fear the approaching winter, as they are living in unfinished buildings or awfully inadequate housing. Nadia is a Syrian mother of eight who fled Aleppo one year ago to Sibline in Mount Lebanon, where temperature in winter drops below zero degrees Celsius and snow storms are common. Nadia’s husband used to be a teacher. Now he struggles to get work for one day on a construction site, another day as a gardener, a third as mechanic, and most of the time he cannot find any work at all. “I am happy whenever my husband is working,” says Nadia.
On 16 September 2014, the northern Syrian town of Kobane came under siege. Since then, 188,000 refugees are reported to have flooded into Turkey.
June 2012 through March 2014
“We stay in our tent every night because bad things happen at night here. It’s not safe,” says Josephine, who sits with her four children in a tent the size of a small closet.
Unable to leave their tents after the sun goes down even to use the bathroom for fear of being attacked or sexually assaulted, women and girls in South Sudan tell me they sometimes feel like prisoners.
“When will the world help us live in peace again?” That’s the burning question that Nyagadh has as she tries to resume some kind of life in an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp, but living in fear of fighting and wondering how she will feed her family is not the life she thought she would have to face again.
‘Terrified, exhausted and often with no idea where to go next’, more than 140,000 Syrian people who have fled the violence in Kobane for Turkey are in desperate need of support from the international community.
TURKEY—(September 30, 2014)--CARE is on the ground, working alongside the Turkish Government and other agencies delivering aid to the huge influx of Syrian refugees fleeing fighting across the border, but as the violence continues more and more people are arriving and in need of support.
- CARE assessment team on the ground
TURKEY—(September 22, 2014)--CARE is deeply concerned about the influx of around 66,000 refugees who have crossed the border to Turkey in the past days.
Daraya is a small village in the Mount Lebanon region, about an hour drive from the Lebanese capital Beirut. This is where Ayham lives. His house is in the middle of a little forest. “I have never imagined that I would live in such a place,” says Ayham, pointing at an unfinished house. Ayham’s wife was killed back in Syria. “Six months ago military aircrafts bombed our house in Homs while we were staying inside of it,” says Ayham. “We fled to a safer neighborhood nearby. A few days later fighting started there as well and my wife was hit by a shrapnel in her head.
Three months on from the Oslo Humanitarian Pledging Conference for South Sudan, aid agency CARE International is deeply concerned that aid funding remains alarmingly low for South Sudan, now the setting for one of the world’s most urgent humanitarian crises.
Comprehensive agreement for peace must be reached to avert humanitarian catastrophe
JUBA, South Sudan — The South Sudan government and the opposition have failed to reach a peace agreement by the August 10 deadline, which means an already severe man-made food crisis could reach catastrophic levels, warns humanitarian organization CARE.