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Syrian refugees worried about winter's wrath

Tuesday, January 06, 2015 - 01:05

A snowstorm is expected to hit Lebanon's Bekaa valley and Syrian refugees at a makeshift settlement camp say they are unprepared. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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They have very little to keep them warm... and these Syrian refugees in Lebanon say they're feeling the threat of an approaching snowstorm. Some mothers at this makeshift settlement camp in the Bekaa valley say they're especially worried about their young. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SYRIAN REFUGEE, MONA, TALKING ABOUT THE BIRTH OF HER TWIN CHILDREN, SAYING: "This time is so hard on us with the birth of the twins in this cold weather." They're among over 3 million Syrians who have fled their war-torn country. Humanitarian agencies have raised concern too, for the well-being of refugees who only have tents to protect them from the rain and wind. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SYRIAN REFUGEE, SARAY, SAYING: "During the past storm, it rained on us yesterday morning and during the day, and I have nothing, no firewood or anything. I have my little son and my daughter, I have nothing else." These puddles could soon be covered in snow -- with a winter storm expected this week. Reinforcements are set. But it's of little comfort in winter months for refugees who already have the bare minimum to survive.

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Syrian refugees worried about winter's wrath

Tuesday, January 06, 2015 - 01:05