With the year 2022 approaching, the war in Syria will have entered its eleventh year. This is also true for IDPs camps, which contain a large number of children who have not seen another home except these camps in which they were born, and which do not have the minimum basic necessities of life. With each passing winter, a number of IDPs lose their lives due to the cold weather. In 2015, ‘Huda’ snowstorm hit the Middle East, resulting in the death of 15 IDPs in the Syrian camps, frozen from the cold weather. In 2016, 3 deaths of newborn babies were recorded in north Syria camps, also frozen from the cold weather. Again in 2017 and 2018, 3 deaths were recorded each year as a result of the cold weather in the Syrian camps. In 2019, 3 children burnt to death after fires broke out in the camps. Also, a family of 4 (parents and their two children) suffocated while burning some damaged items to provide heating fire. Every day, camp fires are reported, resulting in casualties and injuries. This year, IDPs in Syrian camps suffer from deteriorating humanitarian conditions, and this suffering certainly exacerbates in winter. With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, of which the world is witnessing the third wave this year, as well as the high infection rates, Syrian camps are suffering a shortage of humanitarian aid, after donors began to focus more attention on limiting the spread of the virus, while IDPs fear the COVID-19 disaster in their camps.
The Information Management Unit (IMU) of Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU) issues the sixth edition of the “Winter Needs in Northern Syria Camps” report. In this report, IMU sheds light on the reality of the camps, the nature of IDPs’ places of residence, and their age groups, as well as the risks threatening IDPs in the camps in the coming winter, through analyzing the difficulties the camps faced in the previous years of the Syrian crisis. The report also includes the most important needs and their quantities in accordance with international standards for humanitarian response. It also draws attention to the most important practices to be followed by IDPs and those in charge of the camps to reduce the impact of natural disasters threatening IDPs.