For many of those living in Syria’s camps, it won't be their first winter in such conditions. Over the past years, northwest Syria has seen multiple waves of displacement, the latest in early 2020, when fighting in the region resulted in close to one million people fleeing to safer areas.
“Life is tragic here, especially in winter,” says Chahine Ziadeh, a resident of Fan Al-Shemali camp in Idlib governorate who fled his hometown in 2016 due to heavy shelling. “The tent can’t keep us safe from the cold and the water.”
When it rains, the roads in the camp become rivers of mud, making it difficult for people to leave their tents to buy groceries, get to work or see a doctor. The muddy, flooded roads can also make it hard for aid workers to reach the camp.