Frontline humanitarian workers capture the heartache and hopes of the recently displaced in and around Aleppo.
With so much attention on the numbers of people fleeing fighting, UNHCR staff and partners on the ground share a rare glimpse into the lives of those desperately seeking safety.
After months living under besiegement, thousands of east Aleppo residents crossed the line of fire to find safety. Families arriving were exhausted and traumatized.
Aleppo, a once thriving city, witnessed ferocious fighting. The UN had no direct access to the besieged east of the city for five months.
UNHCR and partners on the ground provide protection services, including psychological counselling. Many of those arriving are deeply traumatized, including children.
Insufficient and inadequate shelter space continues to be one of the most pressing humanitarian needs on the ground, especially in the cold weather.
We are working with partners to quickly rehabilitate structures to boost shelter capacity and secure a warm, safe place for the displaced families.
UNHCR and its partners are scaling up their humanitarian response in Aleppo to meet the needs of the newly displaced, as well as those previously displaced in western Aleppo. Alongside food, water and protection services, one of the most pressing humanitarian needs is finding secure shelter for the newly displaced.
Image and words by Shaza Shekfeh and Mustafa Rihawi. Story originally published on unhcr.org