At the end of 2019, Ahmad Mahmoud Merhi and his family fled airstrikes and bombings in northwestern Syria—part of a military offensive by the Syrian government and its allies that displaced nearly 400,000 people. Most of those who fled sought safety in displacement camps across Idlib province that today host more than two million people, including many children.
Two years later, Merhi and his five children are still living in a tent, lacking even the most basic living necessities, with no long-term solution in sight. “I eat, sleep, shower, cook, and do everything in [this tent],” Merhi said. “We went through hell during the summer [due to the heat]. Winter won’t be any better.” Merhi is dreading having to endure another harsh winter in the camp.