Refugees face harsh winter amid COVID-19

Posted : 2020-11-30 09:00 Updated : 2020-12-28 09:11
A woman walks past a mural encouraging the wearing of face masks amid the coronavirus pandemic, on the main road of Nusseirat refugee camp, central Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Arabic reads: "protect yourself, together we protect the old." AP

Hundreds of migrants and refugees that have not been evacuated from a makeshift migrant camp in Saint-Denis on 17 November, install tents with the support of associations and organisations on Republic Square in Paris, France, 23 November 2020. EPA

A Syrian woman sits in a tent with her son as others wait for food distribution on March 3, 2020 in front of the Pazarkule border crossing to Greece, in Edirne. - Migrants and refugees hoping to enter Greece from Turkey appeared to be fanning out across a broader swathe of the roughly 200-kilometer-long land border on March 3, 2020, maintaining pressure on the frontier after Ankara declared its borders with the European Union open. AFP

A woman carries a child past flames after a major fire broke out in the Moria migrants camp on the Greek Aegean island of Lesbos, on September 9, 2020. - Thousands of asylum seekers were left homeless on on September 9 after a fire gutted Greece's largest migrant camp on Lesbos, plunging the island into crisis and provoking an outpouring of sympathy from around Europe and calls for reform of the refugee system. The blaze, which began hours after 35 people tested positive for coronavirus at the Moria camp, sent thousands fleeing for safety into surrounding olive groves -- but nobody was seriously hurt. AFP

Shatha, the daughter of 48-year-old Palestinian refugee Issa al-Loubani, looks out the window of their apartment in the Palestinian Yarmuk camp, on the southern outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus, on November 25, 2020. - When Syrian authorities said they would allow returns to the war-ravaged Yarmuk camp for Palestinian refugees in southern Damascus, Issa al-Loubani rushed to sign up and quickly started repairing his home. Loubani, who first left in 2012, is determined to join their ranks even if the windows of his wrecked apartment are still covered with plastic sheeting. AFP

Issa al-Loubani, a 48-year-old Palestinian refugee, walks with his wife and daughter in a street in the Palestinian Yarmuk camp, on the southern outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus, on November 25, 2020. AFP

A displaced Syrian child poses for a picture from a tent at a makeshift camp after heavy rainfall at the UNESCO-listed site of Babisqa filled with abandoned ancient settlements in northwestern Syria, near the Turkish border, on November 26, 2020. AFP

Tigray men who fled the conflict in the Ethiopia's Tigray region, wait for UNHCR to distribute blankets at Hamdayet Transition Center, eastern Sudan, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. The U.N. refugee agency says Ethiopia's growing conflict has resulted in thousands fleeing from the Tigray region into Sudan as fighting spilled beyond Ethiopia's borders and threatened to inflame the Horn of Africa region. AP

Ethiopian refugees who fled the fighting in the Tigray region sit in the shade at a reception center in the Hamdayit area of Sudan's eastern Kassala state, on November 22, 2020. The placard reads "stop for inspection". AFP

This photo shows the Sudan-Ethiopia border, where Tigray refugees fled from a conflict in the Ethiopia's Tigray region, at Lugdi border crossing, eastern Sudan, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. Ethiopia's military is warning civilians in the besieged Tigray regional capital that there will be "no mercy" if they don't "save themselves" before a final offensive to flush out defiant regional leaders, a threat that Human Rights Watch on Sunday said could violate international law. AP

Tigray refugees who fled a conflict in the Ethiopia's Tigray region, run at Village 8, the transit centre near the Lugdi border crossing, eastern Sudan, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. AP

A migrant carries her belongings following a fire at the Moria camp for refugees and migrants on the island of Lesbos, Greece, September 9, 2020. REUTERS

An Ethiopian refugee fleeing from the ongoing fighting in Tigray region, is seen at the Um-Rakoba camp, on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in the Al-Qadarif state, Sudan November 23, 2020. REUTERS

Ethiopian refugees fleeing from the ongoing fighting in Tigray region, wait for food at the Um-Rakoba camp, on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in the Al-Qadarif state, Sudan November 23, 2020. REUTERS

Ethiopian Amhara refugee Blaines Alfao Eileen, 8-months pregnant and who fled the conflict in Ethiopia, stands near her shelter, at Um Rakuba refugee camp in Qadarif, eastern Sudan, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. Tens of thousands of people have fled a conflict in Ethiopia for Sudan, sometimes so quickly they had to leave family behind. There is not enough to feed them in the remote area of southern Sudan that they rushed to. AP

A Tigrayan woman who fled the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region, prays during Sunday Mass at a church, near Umm Rakouba refugee camp in Qadarif, eastern Sudan, Nov. 29, 2020. AP

A Tigray woman who fled the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region, waits to get treatment at a clinic in Umm Rakouba refugee camp in Qadarif, eastern Sudan, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Misery continues for the refugees in Sudan, with little food, little medicine, little shelter, little funding and little or no contact with loved ones left behind in Tigray. AP

Palestinians are seen looking on from their house in a slum on the outskirts of Khan Younis Refugee Camp, in the southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Israel's blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip has cost the seaside territory as much as $16.7 billion in economic losses and caused its poverty and unemployment rates to skyrocket, a U.N. report said Wednesday, as it called on Israel to lift the 13-year closure. AP

A Palestinian family prepares tea in their house in a slum on the outskirts of Khan Younis Refugee Camp, in the southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. AP

A Palestinian girl walks next to a donkey carte loaded with rocks in a slum on the outskirts of Khan Younis Refugee Camp, in the southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. AP

Tigray men who fled the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region, wait to receive cooked rice from charity organization Muslim Aid, at Umm Rakouba refugee camp in Qadarif, eastern Sudan, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. AP

Tigray people who fled the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region, gather near their shelters at Umm Rakouba refugee camp in Qadarif, eastern Sudan, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Ethiopia's prime minister said Thursday the army has been ordered to move on the embattled Tigray regional capital after his 72-hour ultimatum ended for Tigray leaders to surrender, and he warned the city's half-million residents to stay indoors and disarm. AP

Tigray people who fled the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region, stand on a hill top over looking Umm Rakouba refugee camp in Qadarif, eastern Sudan, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. AP