70.8 million have no home this winter
At the end of 2018, 70.8 million people were displaced worldwide, including 13.6 million who were newly displaced due to escalating violence and unpredictable disasters.* They have survived conflict, persecution and disaster, but with no home, limited access to heating, warm clothes and nutritious food, it’s a struggle for families to survive winter.
Give to our Winter Appeal, and provide the most vulnerable with fuel for warmth, clothing and shelter reinforcement kits.
Refugees freezing to death in camps
Last winter, 29 children and new-born babies were killed by freezing temperatures after fleeing their homes in Syria with their families.** While families forced to flee may survive their desperate and perilous journeys across borders and oceans, there is no escaping another deadly threat that arrives every year – winter.
Displaced families must face freezing temperatures, rain, and howling winds while battling to overcome unemployment, marginalization, discrimination and exploitation.
“Whoever covers a Muslim, Allah will cover him in this life and the Hereafter. Allah is in aid of the servant so long as the servant is in aid of his brother.” (Sahih Muslim)
With no home, winter can kill
The Hassan family from Syria have survived seven deadly winters as refugees in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. Every year, staying warm and dry is a struggle. As temperatures drop, they wrap up in the warmest clothes that have been donated to them. Like many refugees, the Hassan family left Syria urgently, fleeing for their lives with little more than the clothes on their backs.
The tent they live in is made of thin nylon and the little fuel they have must be rationed carefully. But as the bitterness of winter sets in, they need to keep the stove burning for longer than they can afford.
Tragically, little Uday, just three years old, bumped into the stove, spilling a pan of boiling water over his tiny body, and causing agonising third-degree burns. Now he must have ointment applied and his bandages changed twice a day. Uday must stay dry and warm to recover from his burns.
One person displaced nearly every second this winter
This winter, 4.7 million displaced people in Syria have little access to resource and protection. 2.3 million people in Somalia require durable shelter support, including 143,000 people living in camps who have been affected by recent heavy rain and flooding.
With nearly one person forcibly displaced every second from their homes this winter, your support can make all the difference to a family struggling to stay warm.
Human Appeal’s Winter Appeal 2019
This winter, Human Appeal is providing emergency winter kits for displaced people trying to survive in camps. They contain essential items, such as warm clothing, thermal bedding, fuel for heating, shelter repair kits, and nutritious food lasting one whole month. They are a lifeline for those in desperate need. Please help those at risk of freezing to death in camps this winter.
Explore our country links below to find out more about our winter emergency response for those without homes this winter.
Palestine Winter Appeal
Pakistan Winter Appeal
Syria Winter Appeal
Somalia Winter Appeal
Lebanon Winter Appeal
Yemen Winter Appeal
Since the winter of 2015, Human Appeal has helped nearly 200,000 people across 11 countries through our winter interventions, including 48,955 in Syria, 22,230 in Lebanon, 14,541 in Palestine, 6,273 in Pakistan, 6,000 in Bangladesh and Myanmar, 6,000 in Iraq, 5,280 in Yemen, 2,934 in Somalia, and 56,427 here in the UK.
*UNHCR Statistics 2019