Winter could end Suzanne’s tragic life

Suzanne and her children in Lebanon

This winter, support Syrian widows – like 30-year-old Suzanne in Lebanon – to feed their families and stay warm as freezing temperatures hit. Winter kills.

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We will be out on the streets by winter

Whoever brings ease to one in difficulty, Allah will make it easy for him in this life and the Hereafter. 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)

Lebanon is experiencing the worst economic crisis in its history. The skyrocketing food prices hit the most vulnerable the hardest. Like Suzanne, who lives in Beqaa, with around 340,000 other Syrians.

£70 Winter Family Emergency Kit can provide emergency winter survival items, including a nutritious food parcel and fuel for heating, helping a vulnerable Syrian family to survive the bitter season.

Growing up before his time

I used to live in Syria with my husband and kids. We had our own home. My kids would regularly attend school. Our lives were normal. We lived in safety, but then the war broke out.

There was bombing, and we didn’t know who was attacking us. The noises would frighten the children. We hid under the stairs or any place we could find.

Leaving our village was hard. We would walk along a road full of landmines. We never knew when something might blow up. We would move at night from tree to tree and found safety here at the Syrian Refugee Camp at Beqaa Valley, Lebanon.

My son, Ali, has had to become responsible. He’s caring and protective towards his siblings. He sells water on Marj Road. He often gets into fights there with other kids who are also selling. What they earn isn’t enough. It’s barely enough for bread each day – just bread and nothing else.

Electrocuted by a water pump

I go out to work. I clean and wash rugs to pay rent on the tent. If two days pass and I haven’t paid, we must leave. When I had a broken water pump, I tried to fix it myself and was electrocuted. I wanted to let go but I couldn’t. People gathered to get the wires off me.

We bought a new water pump, but that’s broken too, so we’re living without water. Every year I say to myself, “maybe this year will be better,” but then I find that it gets harder - harder than the year before.

Circumstances are getting worse for me, especially now I’m alone with a big family. They all have needs, but what can I do? Me and my family will be out on the street this winter.

A deadly combination

Families like Suzanne’s were already struggling to survive amid surging food prices. With over 100,000 cases of COVID-19 in Lebanon – including over 1,000 among Syrian refugees – it has never been harder to make a living. And now, winter is here, threatening to bring with it snowy storms, icy weather, and sub-zero temperatures.

Please donate, and help us to provide emergency winter support to Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

Winter kills.

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Thank you for supporting Syrian refugees

Thanks to your support, Human Appeal has been providing Syrians with winter aid since the conflict began in 2013. Last year alone, you helped us to provide blankets, food, and heating fuel to help 18,692 Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

As the year goes from bad to worse for widows like Suzanne, Syrian families in Lebanon need our help this winter more than ever. Winter kills.

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