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Aydin gets new winter clothes

Three-year-old Aydin’s face is a picture of excitement as his mother helps him to put on his new winter clothes from Unicef.

Aydin and his mother, Juin, are at a Unicef distribution point just outside the Domiz Refugee Camp in Iraq, where Unicef staff are giving out winter clothing kits to children and families preparing to face another bitterly cold winter.

Aydin opens his cardboard box and starts pulling out the items inside. First some warm trousers and a jumper, then sturdy boots, then a thick winter coat.

Scroll through the pictures below to see what else is in Aydin’s winter clothing box.

Winter Clothing Distribution (UNICEF) just outside Domiz Refugee Camp, Northern Iraq February 2016.Aydin (3 yrs). Originally collected February 2016 for the 2016 Christmas appeal. Unicef/2016/Schermbrucker

Aydin shows off his new winter clothes, including thick jacket and boots.
Unicef/2016/Schermbrucker

Winter Clothing Distribution (UNICEF) just outside Domiz Refugee Camp, Northern Iraq February 2016.Aydin (3 yrs) with Juin Khalil, mother (23). Originally collected February 2016 for the 2016 Christmas appeal. Unicef/2016/Schermbrucker
Aydin receives his box of winter supplies.
Winter Clothing Distribution (UNICEF) just outside Domiz Refugee Camp, Northern Iraq February 2016.Aydin (3 yrs) with Juin Khalil, mother (23). Originally collected February 2016 for the 2016 Christmas appeal. Unicef/2016/Schermbrucker
Aydin starts opening the box of winter supplies, finding a new warm coat and a jumper...
Winter Clothing Distribution (UNICEF) just outside Domiz Refugee Camp, Northern Iraq February 2016.Aydin (3 yrs) with Juin Khalil, mother (23). Originally collected February 2016 for the 2016 Christmas appeal. Unicef/2016/Schermbrucker
...and most importantly, he's found his winter boots.
Winter Clothing Distribution (UNICEF) just outside Domiz Refugee Camp, Northern Iraq February 2016.Aydin (3 yrs) with Juin Khalil, mother (23). Originally collected February 2016 for the 2016 Christmas appeal. Unicef/2016/Schermbrucker
Aydin's mother helps him try out his new winter coat for size.
Winter Clothing Distribution (UNICEF) just outside Domiz Refugee Camp, Northern Iraq February 2016.Aydin (3 yrs) with Juin Khalil, mother (23). Originally collected February 2016 for the 2016 Christmas appeal. Unicef/2016/Schermbrucker
Nearly there - Aydin completes his new outfit with his winter boots.
Winter Clothing Distribution (UNICEF) just outside Domiz Refugee Camp, Northern Iraq February 2016.Aydin (3 yrs) with Juin Khalil, mother (23). Originally collected February 2016 for the 2016 Christmas appeal. Unicef/2016/Schermbrucker
And now he's ready! Aydin has a full set of warm winter clothes thanks to Unicef's winter clothing distribution.

How you can help us keep children like Aydin safe and warm this winter

As winter approaches, Aydin’s mother, Juin, is worried about the cold weather and its dangers. This will be their fourth winter since they fled their home in Syria. She knows how dangerous winter can be for children like Aydin.

“He got sick a lot because he was so cold,” she says. “His eyes would water all the time. He would cough constantly and he was vomiting.”

Right now, 8.4 million Syrian children are facing another bitterly cold winter. As the temperature plummets, they desperately need warm clothes and blankets.

HELP US KEEP MORE CHILDREN SAFE THIS WINTER


Thanks to your support we can reach more children with life-saving clothes and supplies to keep them warm as they face another winter.

A donation of £35 could provide a full set of winter clothes for a Syrian child.

How will my donation help children?

We’re working tirelessly to protect children like Aydin from the cold, and give them hope for a happy future. We’re there in refugee camps and host communities, ensuring children have access to life-saving food, water and medical care.

Your donation will help Unicef teams on the ground provide life-saving supplies and support to the most vulnerable children and families. As temperatures drop to freezing across the Middle East and North Africa, we hope to reach 1.5 million children and families with essential winter supplies to keep them safe and warm this winter.

This winter, we’re providing children with:

Unicef-supported volunteers entertain children at a child-friendly space in Jibreen, Syria. The makeshift centre provides recreational and educational activities as a form of psychosocial support. Volunteers also identify children in need of special care and refer them to local service providers. Unicef/2016/Al-Issa

Heating for classrooms and play spaces, so that children can learn and play in warmth and safety.
Unicef/2016/Al-Issa

Laith, 10, picks up his winterisation kit along with his two brothers, which Unicef, with the support of its partner ICCS, delivered to children and families in an Informal Tented Settlement just South of the capital Amman. Laith has lived here with his family for two years after fleeing his home in Hama, Syria. Laith explains his family came to Jordan “because there were bombs in Syria. They were hitting the neighbourhood where we lived. We had to leave.” Laith tells us 'I am really happy about the winter clothes. The winter here is really cold. My families tent does not have a heater, we rely on our cooking stove to keep us warm, which is not enough so these clothes will make a big difference. Unicef/2016/Herwig

Winter clothing kits, containing thermal blankets, hats, gloves, scarves, shoes and socks.
Unicef/2016/Herwig

Children and families line up to collect winterisation kits comprised of warm winter clothes delivered by Unicef, with the support of its partner ICCS, to an Informal Tented Settlement just South of the capital Amman. This winter, Unicef aims to reach 150,000 children living in refugee camps, host communities and other difficult locations throughout Jordan with a mixture of cash support and in-kind donations of winter clothes. Unicef/2016/Herwig

Cash assistance for families to address the most urgent needs for their children over the winter.
Unicef/2016/Herwig

We’re also providing longer-term support to help children, young people and families rebuild their lives. We’re providing education, psychosocial support and safe spaces for them to play and have some much-needed fun. And we’re lobbying governments to strengthen systems and policies to keep children safe when they have been forced to leave their homes.

Help keep a Syrian child safe and warm this winter

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