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Reference : V-F-CR-F-01383-N(4)
Date : 11/2015
Country/Region : SYRIA
Title : Winter is looming : people who stayed behind : story of Hourieh and her family from the IDP camp in Tartous
Duration : 00:02:35
Director : KRZYSIEK, Pawel
Cameraman : unknown
Editor : unknown
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Production company : ICRC
ICRC producer :
Production reference : AV394
Description : It has been over four years of the conflict in Syria and the people are still fleeing their homes everyday as the humanitarian situation is deteriorating. Millions of people who have been displaced from their home are living today in tents inside and outside Syria. It is very difficult for them to cope with the heat of the summer but when the winter comes, they fight the cold weather to survive ; many of them have failed during the last years. There are death incidents among the Syrian refugees every winter, most of them are children.
In Syria, there are more than eight million internally displaced people. Some of them are staying in schools and centers but there is a significant number of them living in tents. The massive increase in the number of displaced people led to an economic collapse, the people are not able to afford the living cost, and they became completely dependent on the relief assistance.
In Taameer camp, in the city of Tartous, the situation is not different. People depend on the assistance provided to them through humanitarian actors. They all share the place, the pain and the need but each of them has a story to tell.
Hourieh, a woman in her thirties who fled her home in Aleppo, found a safe haven to her family in Tartous. The medical condition of her husband is critical and she has to take care of five children, the youngest is just weeks old now. Although, Hourieh’s smile does not leave her face but there is a lot of sadness in her eyes.
She says that the portion of the food assistance was not enough for her family but she managed to feed her family when she was receiving the assistance every month. Now, the situation has changed and they do not know when they receive the assistance. Hourieh has a son who suffers from anemia because when he feels hungry and he has nothing to eat, he eats soil.
Hourieh knows what it means to spend a winter in a tent with five children. She experienced the water leaking into her tents and rats running to hide inside her stuff. She is worried about the coming winter. Last winter, she installed a canvas preventer but the water never stopped leaking and the cold found its way to her bones.
Original language : International soundtrack
English title : Winter is looming : people who stayed behind : story of Hourieh and her family from the IDP camp in Tartous
Colour/B&W : colour
Resolution : 960 x 540
Aspect ratio : 16/9
Original material/format : H264
Best material/format available : ProRes 422