Syria Crisis

Syria Crisis

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“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 access the healthcare or medicine he needed to treat his condition. As a result, his second leg was amputated in a makeshift clinic in Yarmouk to prevent the spread of a serious infection. He is now wheelchair-bound. Persons with disabilities are profoundly vulnerable to conflict-related risks. In Syria, Palestine refugees living with disabilities have struggled to access the care and services they require. With EuropeAid funding, UNRWA has responded by providing rehabilitation services to 2,200 refugees to help them better cope with their disabilities. UNRWA is also providing prosthetic devices, including wheelchairs and hearing aids to an additional 1,000 Palestine refugees throughout 2014. Imad’s disability and poor health have placed an unsustainable financial burden on his family. Neither he nor his wife have a regular source of income. However, since escaping...


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Syria Regional Crisis Response Update 79
More than half a million Palestine refugees are directly affected by the conflict in Syria. The UNRWA response aims to preserve refugees' resilience through the continuation of UNRWA services and humanitarian assistance. This biweekly update covers UNRWA efforts from 1 to 18 September.
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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 greater threat. Now, in clinics in Syria, UNRWA doctors are dealing daily with diseases that were unthinkable only a short time ago. “We are still dealing with diabetes and chronic disease,” says one doctor in a shelter for internally displaced people close to Damascus. “And also we now see more and more skin diseases like scabies and other diseases like diarrhea.” Such illnesses are caused by crowded conditions in the shelters and camps and by the scarcity of good drinking water. Over 50 per cent of Palestine refugees in Syria (including UNRWA staff) have been forced to flee their homes and take shelter elsewhere. “We also see more cases of high blood pressure, stress and depression, which is not surprising in an area that suffered mortar attacks every day until very recently. All in all, the number of consultations per day has gone from 100 before the conflict, to...
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

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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540,000 Palestine refugees from Syria have access to protection services in 2014


Palestine refugees fleeing Syria encounter discriminatory treatment when trying to cross borders to safety, and their vulnerability in neighbouring countries is made more acute by their difficulty in acquiring legal status. Those who have reached Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt find themselves in a risky legal limbo and face living conditions so difficult that many decide to return to the dangers inside Syria. The particular vulnerabilities of Palestine refugees and their sensitive status in the region compound the already stark and violent devastation they share with Syrians.

Human rights are at the core of UNRWA programme planning and implementation. UNRWA continues to advocate with host governments to observe basic human right principles with respect to Palestine refugees, including protection from refoulement; equal treatment with other persons displaced from Syria; the need to obtain legal status; respect for basic human rights and dignity access to relief and other basic services, such as education and health; supporting and facilitating family unification; and access to legal assistance.



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$197,700,000
52.64% Gap