Help Palestine refugees weather the storm

Help Palestine refugees #weatherthestorm


Winter is here and many Palestine refugees in Gaza and the West Bank, as well as Palestine refugees from Syria (including those in Lebanon and Jordan) are not ready. Exposed to the elements, they need your help to keep themselves warm this winter. Tens of thousands are still homeless in Gaza following the latest Israeli offensive; over half the Palestine refugees in Syria are displaced and all are enduring ongoing armed conflict; forced displacement and poverty in the West Bank means staying safe and warm is a challenge.

Our goal is twofold this winter. First, we aim to ensure the 88,000 Palestinians in Gazans who are still homeless following the recent conflict secure alternative shelter. The second goal is ensuring warmth for all Palestine refugees who need help by providing them with blankets, raincoats, heaters and tarpaulin to protect them from the rain, snow and inclement weather.

Our goal is to raise US$ 100,000 until the conclusion of the campaign on 31 December.

Update: On 7 January, winter storm Huda (Zeina) hit the region with heavy snow, gale force winds and torrential rain. For refugees, the result was catastrophic. According to media reports, five died in Gaza and eleven in Syria. As a result, we are seeking additional funds to provide alternative shelter to Palestine refugees in Gaza and additional winterization items to refugees in other storm hit areas, as they now, more than ever, need to be safe and warm. Our new goal is to raise US$ 130,000.

Give today to help keep Palestine refugees safe and warm this winter. Help them weather the storm.

Help Palestine refugees #weatherthestorm. Funding update.

 

 

 

 

 


Palestine refugees in Syria hunker down to weather winter storm

Winter storm Huda (Zeina in Lebanon) hit the Middle East on Wednesday, 7 January, bringing sub-zero temperatures, high winds, rain and snow. The storm inflicted further suffering on 480,000 Palestine refugees in Syria struggling to survive their fourth year of conflict and for those now living in displacement in Lebanon and Jordan. Over 10,000 displaced Palestine refugees in Syria have taken refuge in UNRWA collective shelters, enduring harsh winter conditions in classrooms and crowded tents.

This footage was filmed at the UNRWA Rameh school collective shelter in Jaramaneh Camp, Syria on 7 January 2015.

©UNRWA/Yousef Arwashan


Palestine refugees in Syria hunker down to weather winter storm

Palestine refugees in Syria hunker down to weather winter storm

 

Winter storm Huda (Zeina in Lebanon) hit the Middle East on Wednesday 7 January, bringing sub-zero temperatures, high winds, rain and snow. The storm inflicted further suffering on the 480,000 Palestine refugees in Syria struggling to survive their fourth year of conflict and for those now living in displacement in Lebanon and Jordan.

The storm has already caused major suffering across the Levant, with freezing temperatures killing at least two Syrian refugees in Lebanon. In Jordan, Palestine refugees from Syria have struggled to keep their families warm and dry, with the storm predicted to continue until Sunday. Over 10,000 displaced Palestine refugees in Syria have taken refuge in UNRWA collective shelters, enduring harsh winter conditions in crowded tents and classrooms.

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Hala is a 32 year old refugee widow from Shajaiya neighborhood, who has four children, aged 8-14 years. The family is classified as abject poor by our Relief and Social Services Department.

"This was one of the most beautiful houses in the area and look what happened to us, what have we come to, Hala says. " All night long the water gets into the rooms… we do not have any other place to go to. The house is not fit for the children."

"Our house was damaged during a shelling in the area. It is leaking and it is very cold, I am concerned about my children fearing that they will become ill due to the cold."


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Ahmad and his family are Palestine refugees living in the Toufah area in Gaza City. Ahmad has a family of 10, including Ahmad's wife Jamila, seven sons and one daughter. The children are aged between three and 26. "Heavy rains in recent days have caused my home to flood with water and we are struggling to face the situation. We are working hard trying to block cracks in the walls using various methods that do not always work," Ahmad says.

Jamila describes the family's experience during the recent severe weather affecting the region:

"Our home was damaged during the conflict. The roof of the living room sustained many cracks and it became dangerous in the rain. The house became lower than the street level and rains entered the home and flooded into the rooms. We stayed up all the night struggling to drain the flooded water out during the rain."


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Sabirn is 35 years old mother of nine children from the Shajaiya area in Gaza. "Our home was damaged by shells and parts of it were completely destroyed," she says. "Every time it rains our home floods. We have no protection from the cold. My nine children are suffering."

"Living conditions are miserable, especially when it rains. The children hardly sleep at night due to the cold. We have no electrical appliances. We use fire for cooking and to keep ourselves warm."


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$24 REINFORCES MAKESHIFT HOMES WITH TARPAULIN
$50 FURNISHES A FAMILY WITH A HEATER
$350 EQUIPS FIVE FAMILIES WITH BLANKETS
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$1350 PROVIDES A FAMILY WITH SHELTER FOR 6 MONTHS