crisis

Surviving a Conflict Entering Fourth Year, How Much Longer to Go?
27 March 2014
“Lord have mercy. People have died. What is this world we live in?” says an old man, sobbing. “Does no one care? Where has people’s humanity gone?” Amid striped sunlight and pools of standing water, standing on Rama Street in Yarmouk camp, I look up in dismay at the burned façade of a building, its third floor gutted...
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Choices Made, Choices Denied
20 March 2014
Choices Made, Choices Denied: A perspective on the question of Palestine refugees Lecture by Filippo Grandi, UNRWA Commissioner-General, at Birzeit University Ladies and Gentlemen, Students, faculty, members of the diplomatic corps, Dr Fayyad, colleagues, and honourable guests, Thank you for being here today, and for...
Official Statements
UNRWA’s Iconic Syria Image to go up in New York’s Times Square and in Tokyo’s Shibuya District
19 March 2014
Jerusalem The image of crowds of Palestinians lining up for UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) food parcels, which has emerged as an icon of the Syria conflict, is to be displayed simultaneously on the massive electronic billboard in New York’s Times Square and its Asian equivalent in Tokyo’s Shibuya district. This...
Press Releases
Over 30 Celebrities ask the UN “What are you doing about Syria?”
15 March 2014
Third Anniversary Ceasefire Appeal by Leading Arts and Entertainment Figures Joint Press Releas: The Hoping Foundation and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) London, Jerusalem Over 30 leading film makers, writers, artists, musicians and public figures have come together in a...
Press Releases
130 humanitarian organisations demand access to civilians in Syria
10 March 2014
The global humanitarian community has released a joint “Thunderclap” statement demanding “immediate, secure, substantial and permanent humanitarian access for all civilians in Syria, including countless children. The statement, which comes a week after the UN was last able to deliver food to Yarmouk camp in Damascus,...
Press Releases
The Unknown Road
06 March 2014
“As if leaving our motherland was not enough, we also had to leave the countries where we found asylum, without knowing where we were going,” says Rania. Thirty-seven, Rania was displaced at the beginning of the conflict in Syria from Harasta, in rural Damascus, to Daria. Violence intensified in Daria and her family...
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Remarks by the Commissioner-General at the Second Conference on Cooperation among East Asian Countries for Palestinian Development (CEAPAD)
01 March 2014
Remarks by Filippo Grandi, Commissioner-General of UNRWA The Second Conference on Cooperation among East Asian Countries for Palestinian Development (CEAPAD) Distinguished Ministers and Delegates, I would like to thank the government of Indonesia for its warm hospitality. I am grateful to our host, Foreign Minister...
Official Statements
Light for Mayar
27 February 2014
Once upon a time, all 15-year-old Mayar Mohammad wanted was a mobile phone. It represented possibilities: to play games, watch movies, keep in touch with friends and explore the world beyond conflict-ridden Syria. Promised the reward of a phone if she did well in the general preparatory exams, she studied hard,...
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