Syria Crisis

Syria Crisis

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Few groups are as vulnerable, as full of potential or as in need of support as the Palestine refugee children of Syria. Of the 460,000 Palestine refugees currently in Syria, more than a third (about 184,000) are children. Education has provided hope for successive generations of Palestine refugees, which makes it all the more critical for UNRWA to ensure education continues in the midst of the ongoing crisis. UNRWA taught 39,600 Palestine refugee students throughout Syria in the first half of 2014, adjusting its education programme due to the conflict. To make up for the loss of schools that were either destroyed or converted to shelters for displaced people, UNRWA ran double shifts in its 42 operational school buildings and held classes in 43 government schools during the afternoon, after the government classes had finished for the day. UNRWA also set up teaching points with volunteers, and negotiated to help students in besieged areas take their national exams. UNRWA provided food, small cash stipends and accommodation to about 120 grade nine students who were able to exit the besieged Yarmouk Camp for the duration of their exams. Grade nine exams are an important milestone that...
On World Humanitarian Day, UNRWA Honours its Courageous Staff Members in Syria
Over 3,500 UNRWA staff currently work in Syria, serving Palestine refugees in a situation of intense and ongoing armed conflict. On World Humanitarian Day, UNRWA wishes to recognise the heroism of these colleagues and to honour those twelve that have lost their lives as a result of the conflict. UNRWA’s Yarmouk team is just one example among many of the courage and professionalism demonstrated by UNRWA staff in Syria. They are humanitarian heroes in the most literal sense. Every day, these women and men cross into an active battleground, facing shelling, armed clashes and sniper fire to deliver life-saving assistance to 18,000 trapped civilians. They comprise logisticians, labourers, doctors, nurses, security officers and mission leaders, all serving the people of Yarmouk with the highest standards of professionalism and courage. Many are former residents of Yarmouk themselves, working within sight of their own shattered homes. Since first reaching the besieged area in January 2014 and following 12 months without access, this closely-knit team has successfully responded to widespread and acute malnutrition, typhoid outbreaks and civilian casualties, all while gunfire regularly...
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“We first heard rumours about typhoid from our partners in the Palestine Red Crescent Society, during our missions to distribute food in Yarmouk”, a senior UNRWA health staff member in Syria explains. In areas with adequate public sanitation typhoid, a common but often fatal bacterial disease can easily be prevented, but given the acute shortages of clean water in Yarmouk, our staff knew they had to move quickly to stop an outbreak amongst the 18,000 civilians trapped in the area. Within 24 hours, working with its partner humanitarian organisation, Palestine Red Crescent Society, UNRWA transferred typhoid medicines sufficient for approximately 100 patients for treatment inside Yarmouk. Packs for a further 150 patients were distributed on 26 July. The medicines included antibiotics, syrups, tablets and syringes, as well as water purification tablets. UNRWA also set up a temporary health point inside Yarmouk to monitor the situation and provide treatment for a range of other medical conditions. This was a breakthrough for humanitarian access as this was the first time UNRWA was allowed to deliver essential medicines and antibiotics to Yarmouk since December, 2012. “We responded by...
Syria Regional Crisis Response Update 77
The period of this update has seen above-average food distribution in Yarmouk from 16 to 24 July, during which UNRWA distributed food parcels to 4,673 civilian families in Yarmouk. UNRWA remains deeply concerned about the desperate humanitarian situation in Yarmouk and appeals to all parties to do everything in their power to end the suffering of the over 18,000 civilians trapped there.
Midyear Review of the 2014 Syria Regional Crisis Response

Midyear Review of the 2014 Syria Regional Crisis Response

UNRWA works to preserve refugee resilience through humanitarian relief
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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.

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Facts and Figures

440,000 PRS will receive monthly food rations

Since January 2013 alone, UNRWA has distributed around 180,000 food parcels. In 2014, up to 440,000 refugees will receive monthly food ration of basic food commodities. Additionally, 45,000 refugee children attending UNRWA schools will receive daily meals at school.

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$50 GIVES A FAMILY AN EMERGENCY HOUSEHOLD KIT
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$100 PROVIDES A FAMILY WITH FUEL FOR 1 MONTH

Funding Requirements

The total pledged amount against the 2014 Response Plan stands at $109.2 million, including $33.7 million pledged in 2013 for implementation in 2014. This amount is equivalent to 26 per cent of the total budget of the 2014 Syria regional crisis response required for January-December 2014 ($417 million). 

Of the total response plan, 74 per cent is budgeted for implementation in Syria, 22 per cent in Lebanon, 3.5 per cent in Jordan and 0.5 per cent for regional coordination.

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Total Appeal$417,400,000
Received to Date$109,200,000
Gap$308,200,000
73.84% Gap
Coverage26.16%