Winter in Syria
The excruciating pain and suffering that Syrians experience during the severe winter months are inexplicable. Winter in Syria can be severely cold, especially in the northern and mountainous regions where snowfall at higher elevations is common. It is also the rainy season in Syria, with most of the annual precipitation falling during the winter months. However, due to the ongoing conflict, the living conditions in Syria are intense, and access to fundamentals such as food, medical care, and shelter can be challenging for many people.
The suffering of millions of Syrians due to severe winter conditions is a major humanitarian crisis, with the winter months exacerbating every difficulty during this time. Winter can be particularly challenging for millions of displaced Syrians living in overcrowded, poorly insulated makeshift shelters that provide little protection from the cold and wet conditions. Access to fundamental necessities such as heating, clothing, food and blankets is limited, and many may not have access to proper sanitation or clean water. These conditions can lead to increased risk of disease and death, particularly among vulnerable groups such as children, the elderly, and those with pre-existing medical conditions. The destruction of homes and vital infrastructure such as hospitals and roads have made it difficult to reach and assist those in remote areas. The ongoing conflict has limited access to affected areas, meaning the suffering of thousands of people is ongoing. The displacement for so many Syrians has devastated their livelihoods, and facing winter unable to provide for and sustain their families is painful.