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UNICEF says that cold weather kills 15 displaced children in Syria

Editing: Ayham Nasif |
TranslationEditor: Farah Nassif |
Translation: Nouha Salti
Publication date: 2019/01/15 13:42

Turkey - SMART

On Tuesday, the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) said that cold weather killed 15 displaced children, most of them infants, in camps in internally displaced persons or during the displacement.  

The UNICEF added that most of the children died in the Rukban camp on the Syrian-Jordanian border or during the displacement from the Islamic State-controlled areas in Eastern Syria. The UNICEF mentioned that most of the children who died are less than one year old.

The UNICEF regional director Geert Cappelaere said that freezing temperatures and harsh living conditions in the Rukban camp are increasingly putting children's lives at risk

Cappelaere added that if the lack of medical care and protection continues more children would die in Rukban, Deir al-Zor, and other areas in Syria.

One week earlier, the child Sumaiah Salem, who is three-years-old, died in the Rukban camp due to cold weather, as her family could not afford to buy heaters. Reports mentioned that six children under 12 months have died after they reached the al-Hawl camp in al-Hasakah due to the lack of medical care and harsh conditions during the displacement from Deir al-Zor.