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IDLIB, SYRIA, December 23, 2020 — Baitulmaal, a Dallas-based international humanitarian relief agency, recently delivered 500 winter relief kits to children of internally displaced families in northern Syria.

The winter relief kits were distributed in the Nasaim Al-Khayr and Maryam camps of Maa’rat Masrin in the Idlib countryside. Five hundred recently displaced children were fitted with new shoes and winter clothes such as coats, gloves, hats and scarves.

Elizabeth Sohail, programs manager at Baitulmaal, said that many families in the camps had previously not received any humanitarian assistance. The winter kits are part of a larger effort to get critical aid to recently displaced families facing worsening hardships in Syria.

“While there are camps that are well established, the ongoing violence continues to displace Syrians from their homes,” said Sohail. “New makeshift camps means new needs for newly displaced families, and we must act quickly to help them survive.”

According to the UN, 6.7 million Syrians have been internally displaced in the course of a nearly decade-long conflict in the country, which accounts for the largest internally-displaced population in the world. A cold winter and COVID-19 are exacerbating an already dire situation where the country’s economy is declining and malnutrition is soaring. 

Last month, Baitulmaal distributed bread for 94,677 meals to families facing food insecurity in Syria. The charity also installed gas stove heaters in Syrian schools to provide warmth to 560 students, in addition to installing solar power systems in three schools that provide education to 2,285 students. 

Baitulmaal is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides life-saving, life-sustaining and life-enriching aid to people in need around the world. With headquarters in Dallas, Texas, the charity has offices in: Los Angeles, California; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; Nairobi, Kenya; Mogadishu, Somalia; Amman and Al Ramtha, Jordan; and Karachi, Pakistan.

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