IOM Distributes Winter Shoes to Refugees in Azraq Camp

19 December 2014

With winter weather taking hold at Azraq Camp in Jordan, IOM started the distribution of winter shoes for Syrian refugee children in the camp this week, with funding from the UK’s Department of International Development (DFID).

3032 pairs of shoes were distributed over three days, with a further distribution of winter shoes for adults planned for later in the month.

Syrian refugees have been arriving in Jordan with very few belongings. A particular issue has been the lack of adequate footwear to get through the winter months, with some children having to walk around the camp with basic sandals despite the low temperatures.

IOM has been working alongside UNHCR and NRC in Azraq camp to help the refugees with essential non-food items (NFIs) they have been unable to bring from Syria. With this being the first winter refugees will have experienced at Azraq the camp since arriving in Jordan, the need to equip refugees with the right clothing to allow them to attend communities and school is currently a priority.

As well as providing NFIs to Syrian refugees, IOM has been providing transport assistance to refugees with the help of DFID funds. In total 454,017 refugees have assisted with transport from the transit center – where refugees are initially registered – to the camp, as well as helping to reunite separated families between the camps.

Since the start of the crisis, UNHCR has registered 620,441 Syrians seeking refugee in Jordan. With more refugees expected to arrive in 2015, DFID and IOM remain committed to providing support to those fleeing the crisis in Syria.

For more information, please contact Ben Webster, Reporting Officer, Email: bwebster@iom.int