Syria Crisis

Syria Crisis

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300,000 UNRWA children start school in conflict-ravaged Gaza and Syria
Nearly 300,000 children went back to UNRWA schools at the start of the school year in Gaza and Syria today. “In Gaza, conflict has profoundly affected the traditional learning environment and delayed the academic year for almost three weeks,” said UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl. "But after the traumatic 50 days of brutal conflict, of death, destruction and massive displacement, including to many of our schools, we are determined to give the children a sense of renewed hope and better prospects by opening the schools so soon again."
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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...
Syria Regional Crisis Response 78
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 plus humanitarian relief. For a more detailed overview, see the Agency's 2014 Syria regional crisis response here. This biweekly update covers UNRWA efforts from 6 to 31 August.
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...
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. Click Here to read more.

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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.

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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$104,100,000
Gap$313,300,000
75.06% Gap
Coverage24.94%