Syria: We meet 9-year-old Judy who risked her life to go to school in Aleppo as it is bombarded by the Syrian government army who are fighting anti-government forces that control parts of Aleppo. We also travel to Lebanon and meet the children who escaped Syria to the safety of UNICEF refugee camps. But can they survive the harsh winter ahead?
In Syria the government’s army is fighting with rebel groups. The war began almost 6 years ago. One of the most violent battles has been for control of Aleppo. When fighting intensifies parts of the city are cut off. Food and medical aid cannot reach the people who need it most. Now, thousands of children face another bitter winter. It is feared the trapped children will starve.
In the past when fighting has stopped for brief periods – organisations like UNICEF have taken the opportunity to reach Syrian families. They deliver life-saving food and medical aid. This winter Aleppo and other cities are cut off again. The bombing has been fierce.
Thousands of children have lost their homes and their families. They are forced to flee to neighbouring countries. Many head to Lebanon in search of safety.
In the refugee camps in Lebanon children live in tents without heating in the bitter winter. The children get ill.
UnicefUK is supplying children with warm clothes and blankets, but their long term future relies on the war ending.