Syrian refugees stand in a pool of mud and rain water at a refugee camp, in the town of Bar Elias, in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon CREDIT: AP

Syrian refugees are struggling to survive. They succeeded in escaping the war to live in refugee camps, but some children couldn’t escape the cold and the snowstorms. Every winter this tragedy causes children to lose their lives.  – Zeiad

Severe weather conditions in Syria have killed at least 15 displaced children seeking refuge, over half of whom were in a camp under US military control.

The UN Children’s Fund (Unicef) said eight of them had died as a result of the cold in Rukban camp in southeastern Syria and seven others during the displacement from the jihadist bastion of Hajin, further north.

The isolated desert camp is situated on Syria’s border with Jordan, which has denied those seeking refuge entry for fear Islamic State infiltrators may be hiding among civilians, and is close to the US’s base at al-Tanf.

“Freezing temperatures and harsh living conditions in Rukban are increasingly putting children’s lives at risk,” Geert Cappelaere, Unicef regional director, said.

“In just one month, at least eight children – most of them under four months and the youngest only one hour old – have died,” he said.

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