This is the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era and millions of children, women and men are now facing a bitter winter ahead.

The UN Refugee Agency is on the ground providing life-saving protection but we need your help.

Since January 2015, over 1 million people have arrived in Europe by sea and land and another 15 million have been forced to flee across the Middle East.

As refugee families continue to flee war and persecution at staggering rates, a bitter winter is fast approaching. For many Syrian families this will be the 5th winter bringing further misery for families already struggling to survive in incredibly harsh conditions, with many lacking basic winter household items.

UNHCR knows from previous winter crises that it is critical to ensure that families are equipped to survive the winter from November onwards. We need to be fully prepared for the additional challenges of a winter emergency well before freezing temperatures grip regions across Europe and the Middle East, exposing millions of the most vulnerable refugees.

What is UNHCR doing?

UNHCR is working around the clock with other agencies and aid groups, stockpiling and distributing winter aid items to keep vulnerable people, both in camps and urban settings, protected and warm. This includes:

  • The distribution of winter survival kits that include high thermal blankets, sleeping bags, winter clothes, heating stoves, and gas supplies.

  • The provision of emergency shelters including family tents, refugee housing units and emergency reception facilities.

  • Improvement of reception and transit centers and preparing and supporting families for winter conditions.

You can help make a difference.

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