A brutal winter has hit the Middle East. Help families survive another winter in a war zone.

As we enjoy summer here in Australia, refugee families across the Middle East are suffering through a bitter winter. 

In Lebanon, Storm Norma has devastated Syrian refugees and host communities. Several days of strong winds, heavy rain and snow have caused flooding and damage.

More than 360 sites hosting 11,300 refugees are affected. Hundreds of Syrian refugees were forced from their homes, and an eight-year-old Syrian refugee girl, Fatima, was swept away by floods.

UNHCR has worked for months to prepare for the harsh winter conditions. Teams are on the ground providing life-saving assistance to refugees and internally displaced, but we need your help to give warmth and safety to all those in need.

Australia for UNHCR launched a Winter Survival Fund to help families protect themselves.

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The Winter Survival Fund will help refugees survive at three key levels:

Imagine trying to keep a baby warm in a tent with the snow piling up outside. When UNHCR met 27-year-old Yasmine, she was pregnant and living in a tent on the outskirts of Baghdad. Before baby Ritaj was born, UNHCR moved the family into a Refugee Housing Unit. 

“We were afraid that winter would come and we would still be living there [in the tent]. We heard that many tents were flooded and people lost everything. It was such a relief. The shelters are more private and safe, especially for Ritaj. She needs a warm space and the shelter provides this…much more than tents.”
- Yasmine

One generous gift from you will enable more mothers like Yasmine to protect their children from the cold. 

UNHCR is the only organisation that can provide winter relief on this scale to families like Yasmine's. But we cannot do it without your help. ©UNHCR/H. Marouf

Give a warm home to a refugee this winter

Your donations in action

After a snowstorm hit Aisha's family's tent, UNHCR stepped in to help.

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Mohammad will be warm this Christmas, thanks to people like you

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This housing unit was a lifeline for Mohammed and his family

The power of one heater for the Waleed family

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