The Worsening Syrian Humanitarian Crisis

The humanitarian crisis in and around Syria is rapidly worsening, a reality that prompted the UN to request a record $6.5 billion in foreign aid. A Middle Eastern snowstorm over the weekend has drastically deteriorated the conditions for refugees in particular, and experts say the recent snow was merely a preview of what will be a harsh winter. Despite the fact that refugees are literally freezing to death, the international community currently lacks the resources and the political will to effectively address the disaster.
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This Syrian refugee in Turkey is one of many who are unprepared for the coming winter. Weather-appropriate clothing and shoes are scarce, and foreign aid has failed to keep pace with humanitarian needs.