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AHMAD AL AHMAD: "OUR TENT HAS BECOME WARMER."

Ahmed Al-Ahmad, a resident of Atma camp firing the heather in his tent

 

Since the beginning of the conflict in Syria, cities and camps in the northern part of the country have received the influx of hundreds of thousands of displaced people. Schools, mosques, demolished, or incomplete buildings, and informal camps have been filled with families looking for shelter and safety. Many of those houses do not have doors or windows to protect their residents from cold and wind.

The suffering of the IDPs increases with the onset of winter and the harsh conditions that accompany it. Children, the elderly, and people with special needs are among those who suffer the most.

Ahmed Al-Ahmad, a resident of Atma camp who was displaced with his family from Al-Amqiya village in Hama described those conditions saying: “The tents are worn out and do not protect us from the rain. The roads are all muddy, and the heating is insufficient. We used nylon and plastic as fuel for the stoves when they were available, but if we did not find them, we could instead sit wrapped in blankets. We had absolutely nothing, not even enough clothes”. 

“The tents are worn out and do not protect us from the rain. The roads are all muddy, and the heating is insufficient. We used nylon and plastic as fuel for the stoves when they were available, but if we did not find them, we could instead sit wrapped in blankets. We had absolutely nothing, not even enough clothes,” Ahmed Al-Ahmad, a resident of Atma camp

For this reason, Binaa for Development, with the support of the Global Communities Foundation, launched a set of initiatives to alleviate the suffering of the displaced during the winter, the most important of which was the distribution of winter aid consisting of stoves and heating fuel.

This aid included the distribution of 113 heaters, six thousand tons of coal, and nearly half a million liters of diesel fuel, to a total of 8,500 beneficiary families in 29 camps in Idlib.

The initiative aimed at improving the living conditions of the displaced people in these camps, and it has already proved to have a significant positive impact on their everyday lives.

Ahmed Al-Ahmad was one of those who received the aid. He said: “The situation certainly became better for us, and the presence of fuel made our lives much easier... Now, we heat water on the stoves for washing and ablution. The tent became warmer, and the children are moving around easily."

“The situation certainly became better for us, and the presence of fuel made our lives much easier... Now, we heat water on the stoves for washing and ablution. The tent became warmer, and the children are moving around easily."