Syria Crisis

Syria crisis

Young boy in Qabr Essit camp, December 2014. © UNRWA/Taghrid Mohammad
The 2015 UNRWA appeal for the Syria regional crisis, outlines the need for US$ 415.4 million to meet the minimum needs of Palestine refugees suffering profound hardship as a result of the conflict in Syria.
INTEL helps UNRWA expand innovative self-learning programme for children affected by regional conflicts
A new partnership agreement between Intel and UNRWA will improve access to the Agency’s innovative learning materials for thousands of Palestine refugee students and teachers. With the Intel Foundation support of US$ 100,000, UNRWA will create an online portal as a central gateway for continuous education for children in times of emergency. The online portal will be accessible by all these students and teachers and in particular over 67,000 students who were affected by the conflict in Syria and studied in UNRWA schools before the conflic
Students in during #myvoicemyschool activities.
More than half a million Palestine refugees continue to be affected by the conflict in Syria. UNRWA aims to preserve the resilience of Palestine refugees by continuing to provide critical services and humanitarian assistance.
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UNRWA Deputy Commissioner-General Margot Ellis has inaugurated a rehabilitated school for Palestine refugee children in Qabr Essit camp in Sayeda Zeinab on the outskirts of Damascus.
#myvoicemyschool
A student voice project that gives young people a say in their education and future.
Students at Haifa/al-Majdal School in Damascus speak to British students over Skype as part of #myvoicemyschool. November 2014 © UNRWA/Taghrid Mohammad
This autumn, Palestine refugee students in Damascus, Beirut and Irbid linked up with students in the United Kingdom in the UNRWA school partnership project #myvoicemyschool. As the students got to know each other, they quickly developed friendships that transcended conflict and cultural differences. Craig, a student at Eastbury Comprehensive School in Essex said, “I was surprised at how we interacted so quickly when we had never met before.”
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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. Click here to read more.

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The Syria Crisis and Palestine refugees

We at UNRWA would like to thank all of our donors for their commitment and support to Palestine refugees from Syria caught in the devastating conflict. This assistance has been the life-line to the Palestine refugee families and communities in peril.  

As the brutality and complexity of the conflict grow, so do the humanitarian consequences. UNRWA’s unique operational depth and breadth in the region provide a critical framework of stability for Palestine refugees affected by the conflict. UNRWA schools, clinics and cash assistance have been instrumental in maintaining a level of resilience despite extreme suffering. However, at 50% funding, we are unable to sustain this response. 

We will need US$ 415.4 million in 2015 to meet the bare minimum needs of Palestine refugees affected by the conflict in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. The Palestine refugees count on all of us to stand by them until a solution can be found to the Palestine refugee issue. Your firm support is ever more critical and ever more appreciated as 2015 in Syria looms dark with greater challenges and hardship.

Read more in the Syria Crisis Response Appeal 2013-2014 and the Syria Crisis Response Mid-Year Review 2014

 

Facts and Figures

Shelter assistance in 2014

Syria

Some Palestine refugees and Syrian internally displaced people are housed in UNRWA and UNRWA-managed shelters. Refugees receive two meals per day, essential non-food items and have access to social workers and health staff. Many more find refuge in mosques, community centres and other shelters.

Lebanon

Over half of the PRS live in pre-existing and already crowded Palestine refugee camps. UNWRA is upgrading the camps' water and sanitation infrastructure to cope with the extra population load. 

Jordan

Only 1 per cent of Palestine refugees from Syria in Jordan live in UNRWA camps. Most reside in urban centres. Assistance is urgently needed to subsidize rental payments, with 22 per cent of Palestine refugees from Syria saying they have been evicted at least once since arriving in Jordan and 60 per cent expressing serious concern about eviction.

For more information, please read the Socioeconomic and Damage Assessment Report.

Gap 48.11
Coverage 51.89

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$216,600,000
Gap$200,800,000
Coverage51.89%
Gap48.11%

Thank you to our donors

We at UNRWA would like to thank all of our donors for their commitment and support to Palestine refugees from Syria caught in the devastating conflict. This assistance has been the life-line to the Palestine refugee families and communities in peril.

As the brutality and complexity of the conflict grow, so do the humanitarian consequences. UNRWA’s unique operational depth and breadth in the region provide a critical framework of stability for Palestine refugees affected by the conflict. UNRWA schools, clinics and cash assistance have been instrumental in maintaining a level of resilience despite extreme suffering. However, at 50% funding, we are unable to sustain this response.

We will need US$ 415.4 million in 2015 to meet the bare minimum needs of Palestine refugees affected by the conflict in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. The Palestine refugees count on all of us to stand by them until a solution can be found to the Palestine refugee issue. Your firm support is ever more critical and ever more appreciated as 2015 in Syria looms dark with greater challenges and hardship.

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