Piercing cold, ice storms, and heavy snow have worsened the living conditions of over 80 000 Syrians sleeping in the open air after fleeing a government offensive in the country’s northern province of Idlib. Save the Children organization confirmed on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, that at least seven youngsters– including a seven-month-old baby– have died from freezing temperatures in camps.
An aid worker from Hurras Network, a partner of Save the Children, reported that among the fatalities were two sisters, aged four and three, who died when their tent burned down due to unsafe heater.
In addition, two girls aged ten and three died from suffocation from their heating equipment. Three other children froze to death, who were reportedly aged 14, one, and a seven-month-old baby.
One child from the refugee camp named Mira told the organization her situation, saying, “I did not like the snow in the camp because it was really cold and both my sister and I got sick. Part of our tent collapsed because of the weight of the snow on it.