UNRWA Summer Activities: A Breath of Life after War and Displacement
11 September 2013
Aya Nimr, a 10-year old Palestine refugee girl, grew up in Yalda, south-east of Damascus. She has fond memories of living there, but eventually the ongoing conflict in Syria, which injured one of her uncles and killed another, forced her family to flee. When they arrived in Lebanon, in mid-2012, “we thought that we...
In the West Bank, UNRWA Supports Students and Parents Accessing Education
10 September 2013
Anas Hajajleh, a 10-year-old boy, has begun fifth grade this month in one of the West Bank schools operated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). The thought of seeing his friends and teachers again and studying the subjects he loves – he plans to one day be a doctor – puts a smile on his face. This...
In Jordan, Palestine refugee children from Syria find hope
28 August 2013
“I used to learn French when I was in Syria,” 14-year-old Rawan says after she finishes reading a book from one of her favourite subjects, English, to her brother, 6-year-old Khaled. “But in Jordan, students learn English.” Now, she explains, her goal is to master the language, “because it will help me to get a good...
UNRWA Supporting Resilience in Syria
16 August 2013
Little things take on outsize importance in times of conflict. Like haircuts: In the collective shelter at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Safad School, located in the Rukin Eddin neighbourhood of Damascus, Jumanah al-'Askari provides them for free, including to most of the children in the shelter...
Making Life Sweeter
15 August 2013
If you ask Sana Adawi, a 40-year-old resident of Arroub refugee camp, in the West Bank, learning about healthy cooking practices has led to a major change: “Women,” she says, “can now be the doctors of their families.” She is describing the impact of a United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) initiative, 'Life...