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    Posted December 11, 2013 by
    Bekaa Valley, Lebanon
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Wintry weather 2014

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    Syrian refugees in Bekaa Valley brace for winter storm


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     WorldVision1 told us, 'The biggest challenge the Syrian families and children are facing now is the cold weather, especially for those who lives in tented settlements. The relief staff has been putting a lot of efforts ahead of the storm, yet some movements and tasks has been canceled due to the icy roads and bad driving conditions. As I wandered yesterday in the Syrian refugee tented settlements, I noticed that the main concern of the Syrian families is the snow. They are afraid because in some cases, the tents wouldn't stand up to the snow, and they could collapse, leaving them with no shelter in the storm. '
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    These photos come from World Vision videographer Ralph Baydoun, reporting from the Bekaa Valley. He is there as one of the worst winter storms in recent memory is threatening Lebanon.

    More than 2.2 million people have fled to neighboring countries to escape the violence in Syria. Many are living in tented settlements, or poorly-equipped apartments that offer little protection from the cold. The photos show families without shoes, or proper clothing to protect them from the elements.

    World Vision has been racing to help as many families as possible ahead of the storm. In Lebanon the organization has been providing vouchers for stoves and fuel and handing out blankets for approximately 25,000 people. In Jordan, World Vision is helping with winter coats and drainage work in Za'atari. And in Syria, 2,000 winter kits with items like socks, rubber boots, blankets and tarps are being handed out.

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