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Alaa Ghosheh/UNRWA Archives
23 October 2014
“The olive harvest is a celebration for the whole family. My grandchildren get so enthusiastic that they start pulling out the mats we use to gather the olives a month before we begin,” says Abu Ra’afat, his eyes shining as he speaks about the harvest. But the moment of joy is just a brief respite in a day of...
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Taghrid Mohammad/UNRWA Archives
17 October 2014
“Without the cash assistance we receive we would be lost,” says double amputee Imad Ali Mdardas. Like the majority of Palestine refugees living in Syria, Imad and his family have been left in desperate circumstances by the ongoing armed conflict. Before escaping the besieged area of Yarmouk in Damascus, Imad could not...
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UNRWA Archives
13 October 2014
Despite shared sorrow and loss, displaced Palestine refugees in Damascus were able to celebrate the recent Eid al-Adha feast thanks to a donation from Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) Canada. Eid al-Adha is the second most significant holiday in the Muslim calendar. The festival commemorates the Prophet Ibrahim'...
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UNRWA Archives
03 October 2014
Over the decades, the UNRWA health programme has dramatically rolled back the burden of communicable and vaccine-preventable disease among Palestine refugees in Syria. The health of Palestine refugees increasingly mirrors global trends, where non-communicable diseases such as cancer, hypertension and diabetes are a...
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Shareef Sarhan/UNRWA Archives

In the Eye of A Man-made Storm

02 October 2014
When I was awoken by a call from our Gaza director at 6:20 in the morning on July 30, it was instantly clear the news wouldn't be good. And it wasn't. A U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) school sheltering 3,000 displaced people from the raging conflict had just been hit by artillery fire, and many people were...
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