Syrian refugees face hellish winter in Lebanon Thousands of Syrians who have fled the war to Lebanon are facing a sub-zero winter in tents made of potato sacks
In northern Lebanon, thick layers of snow have covered the mountains and slopes in Akkar. A thin layer has also reached the coast for the first time in 60 years.
There are now more than 250,000 Syrians in Lebanon in need of proper shelter, according to the United Nations. They live in broken sheds; tents made of potato sacks.
The Lebanese government, the UN and partner agencies have launched emergency efforts to help refugees protect themselves against this storm – the worst to hit the country in decades.
Protecting the tents and keeping warm is a challenge, as strong winds whip the camp and temperatures drop to minus 10 degrees Celsius.
People living here collect whatever they can to burn for heat. Children brush the snow from the roofs of shelters to stop them from collapsing.
Humanitarian agencies have provided winter kits for refugees living in Lebanon. But the scale of the crisis here is enormous.
For now the refugees wait for the war in their home country to end. But with little hope. They know this winter in the camp is unlikely to be their last.
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