Due to rising insecurity and violence in Northern Nigeria, over 100,000 people have fled to neighboring Niger. The region of Diffa is already suffering from chronic food insecurity with over half of the population in need of support.
It’s a brutal winter in the Middle East, which means added suffering for the millions of Syrian refugees already struggling to survive.
The region was pounded with a harsh winter storm that many refugees were unable to prepare for, and several children in refugee camps in Lebanon died.
As the conflict in Syria rages on, people continue to flee the violence often with just the clothes on their backs. There are now 7.6 million people displaced inside Syria and more than 3 million refugees in neighboring countries throughout the Middle East region.
Amman, JORDAN (January 8, 2015) — Syrian refugees, fleeing violence in their homeland, have found their situation exacerbated following the onslaught of winter storm “Huda,” also referred to as “Zeina.”
In the northern Jordanian city Irbid, lives Leila, a 60 year-old woman who fled Daraa, Syria more than two years ago when the heavy bombing of her neighborhood was too much to bear. “We survived death,” says Leila.
Winter weather has come early to Lebanon this year. Heading into December, several weeks of intermittent heavy rain have replenished many of the subterranean aquifers, also bringing snowfall to the ridges of Mount Lebanon and the Beka’a area.
The Syrian conflict has affected the lives of millions of people, many of who are women and children. Five months ago, Rahma’s life was disrupted, as she had to flee to Lebanon with her family to escape the war.
Ahmad is five years old. He is suffering from a serious diabetes condition. His hopeful brown eyes and his shy smile do not tell the full story.