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I Am Afraid My Grandchildren Will Freeze to Death

12/16/13

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Basilah is 62 years old. She and her husband used to make their living harvesting fields of wheat in the summer and picking almonds in the winter.

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Then, the war started and changed the only life they had known. It took five rockets and a few minutes to destroy the house the family had called home for 25 years.

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Basilah and her family fled to Lebanon, where they been living in a tent for the past nine months. She explains, “In the summer, life was already hard. Now, I wake up at night and check on my grandchildren every other hour. When they don’t move, I am panicking because I think they may have frozen to death.”

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“Everything we have ever worked for or owned burnt with our houses. We came to Lebanon with nothing but the clothes we were wearing,” Basilah continues. “My grandchildren have no socks, no pullovers, no warm clothes. They try to keep each other warm but they cannot fight the snow and the hail.”

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The cold is taking a toll on the adults as well. Basilah’s arthritis aches. Her husband is sick. And their oldest son, who is disabled, lies on a mat on the cold floor the entire day.


Basila’s other six children are missing inside Syria. She does not know if they are still alive.

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Basila’s is just one of many refugee families who need CARE’s help to survive the cold winter months. In Lebanon and Jordan, we’re distributing heaters, blankets, weatherproofing kits and fuel as well as cash so each family can buy what they most need.

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Basilah received five blankets and a floor mat from CARE. With the $160 provided by CARE, Besilah can purchase a stove, a heater and enough fuel to keep the family warm through the winter. 

 

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