The situation for what according to the Greek Government amounts to 60,000 refugees and migrants, stranded on the Greek mainland and islands, is becoming more desperate as winter hits with rare snowstorms and temperatures below zero.
Tents offer little protection and warmth. On the island of Chios women, men and children stand in freezing temperatures for hours waiting for their food. In warehouses in Thessaloniki people have had to resort to burning whatever they can get their hands on to keep warm.
Según la información del Consejo Noruego para Refugiados, en promedio hay 1 niño o niña desescolarizado por cada hogar ubicado en los sectores más afectados por la violencia generalizada en Honduras. En el país, un tercio de la generación actual espera poder acceder a un espacio seguro de educación.
La actual situación de violencia generalizada afecta de forma especial a los menores de edad. Las niñas y los niños son reclutados, amenazados, asesinados, torturados, son víctimas de violencia sexual y desplazados.
“We had forgotten how it feels like to be in a warm house,” says Hiyam (37) from Syria.
She lives in Azraq refugee camp situated in the cold Jordanian desert. Together with her husband, Nihad (48), and four of their six children, she fled her home in Homs in 2016.
She has not seen her two eldest children in three years.
“I am dying to hold Hiba in my arms,” says Hiyam, talking about her eldest daughter, who got married before the war and travelled to Mecca. Their eldest son fled to Turkey.
Afghanistan: They left everything behind, they have nothing to eat and their children become sick from the cold. Up to 1,800 families are estimated to have been displaced following the recent fighting between Taliban and government forces in Afghanistan’s Faryab province. “Thousands of civilians have been forced to suddenly flee their homes due to fighting in Faryab Province, and they urgently need humanitarian assistance in this bitter winter,” said Norwegian Refugee Council’s (NRC) Country Director in Afghanistan, Kate O'Rourke on 5 January.
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