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.
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.