Syria Crisis

Syria Crisis

What Was Lost
With deep sadness and despair, Amal tells us that she is a teacher of the Arabic language; she’s not used to begging and asking for help. But given her current circumstances, she is ready to work in any field, even cleaning houses so that she and her daughter can live in dignity. That’s been a challenge ever since she fled the conflict in Syria in April 2013, seeking safety in the Palestine refugee camp of Beddawi in northern Lebanon. She’s had to move six times already, from living with her husband's relatives to moving in with a friend whose house was in the conflict zone between the Tripoli neighbourhoods of Jebel Mohsen and Bab al-Tabbaneh. Afraid of the shelling and bombing, Amal and her 8-year-old daughter fled again. “We did not leave Syria to save our lives and come here and die without a reason”, Amal says, back in Beddawi. The tone of her voice rises and tears glisten in her eyes as she describes her pain and suffering. “It seems as though torture and displacement from one house to another are our destiny. I have lost my so-called dignity”, she says. Amal’s husband returned to Syria to provide for his family, but she says their condition in Lebanon is one of “agony, pain...
Survey of Businesses in Syria: Overwhelming Destruction and Displacement
An UNRWA survey of its microfinance programme in Syria has found the impact of the conflict to be “overwhelming and traumatic”, with the vast majority of its clients displaced and in need of humanitarian assistance. The survey was conducted in what the report calls “an economic catastrophe”, from which it says the Syrian economy will take 30 years to recover to 2010 levels. However, displacement, physical destruction and looting have taken place on such a massive scale that only 13 per cent of businesses supported by UNRWA were able to survive. “This is the first study of its kind and provides hard statistical evidence for the tragic and widespread impact the conflict is having on lives and livelihoods across Syria. In Yarmouk, which has been in the news headlines, 89 per cent of our microfinance clients have been displaced and just 3 per cent were able to continue in business”, said UNRWA Spokesperson Chris Gunness. “The figure for looting - 40 per cent of enterprises - tells its own story, as does the fact that 55 per cent of our clients had their homes damaged, with 14 per cent having their homes destroyed completely. Women-owned enterprises were worst hit, as almost two thirds...
Children of Yarmouk

Children of Yarmouk

Once the bustling heart of the Palestine refugee community in Syria, Yarmouk is now devastated.
A Message of thanks to UNRWA donors

A Message of thanks to UNRWA donors

UNRWA and Palestine refugees in Syria offer heartfelt thanks to you, our donors.
UNRWA Launches 2014 Syria Response Plan
The war in Syria is devastating the lives of over half a million Palestine refugees who have been living in exile for six decades. The UNRWA Syria Regional Crisis Response Plan for 2014, published today, sets out the Agency’s interventions to strengthen the resilience of Palestine refugees, and to help them weather the dangers of the conflict. The outlook for Palestine refugees from Syria is increasingly bleak, as communities, livelihoods, assets and support networks painstakingly built over decades are being destroyed. Proportionally, displacement among Palestinians is much higher than that of Syrians, and the threats to safe refuge in Syria combined with severely restricted options for flight has confronted Palestine refugees with unprecedented challenges. The Plan outlines how UNRWA facilities, services and considerable humanitarian assets across the region will be harnessed and deployed to support Palestine refugees, as well as many Syrians, throughout the coming year.

Palestine refugees from Syria have been severely affected by the ongoing armed conflict, with virtually all of their residential areas experiencing armed engagements or the use of heavy weapons. Of the total 540,000 Palestine refugees in Syria, almost all require assistance.

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Facts and Figures

63% of Palestine refugees from Syria have been displaced

Approximately 270,000 PR are displaced in Syria: over 200,000 in Damascus, around 6,600 in Aleppo, 4,500 in Latakia, 3,050 in Hama, 6,450 in Homs and 13,100 in Dera’a.

12,073 PRS have registered with UNRWA in Jordan, and 52,788 in Lebanon. There are reports of 6,000 PRS in Egypt, 1,100 in Libya, 1,000 in Gaza and numbers in Turkey, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.



Funding Requirements

From 1 January to 31 December 2014, UNRWA will provide urgent humanitarian
assistance to up to 440,000 Palestine refugees affected by conflict in Syria, as many
as 80,000 to 100,000 Palestine refugees from Syria (PRS) in Lebanon, up to 20,000
PRS in Jordan and up to 1,200 PRS in Gaza. The number of people in need
is rapidly approaching the total population of 540,000 Palestine refugees
registered in Syria.

For this period, UNRWA requires US$ 417.4 million, of which US$ 310 million will
be programmed inside Syria, US$ 90.4 million in Lebanon and US$ 14.6 million
in Jordan
. US$ 2.4 million is required for regional management and emergency response
outside of the purview of these three field offices, including cash assistance for PRS
families in Gaza. This is a conservative reckoning of what is required to address the
most basic requirements of a community unravelling and in acute distress.

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Total Appeal$417,400,000
Received to Date$103,900,000
75.11% Gap