crisis

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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Crossroads of Crisis: Yarmouk, Syria and the Palestine Refugee Predicament
25 February 2014
Lecture by Filippo Grandi, Commissioner-General of UNRWA at the American University of Beirut. Yesterday, in Syria, I visited Yarmouk and at a food distribution I met Um Ahmed. She and others were receiving UNRWA food parcels after months of extreme deprivation. Um Ahmed was asking questions: “I am a Palestinian...
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Adam’s Dream
20 February 2014
Beirut The first thing you notice when you meet Adam Rantisi, a 6-year-old who fled Yarmouk, in Damascus, just over a year ago with his family, is his friendly, warm, energetic spirit. Adam is a very active boy, but he has faced more challenges than most of peers. Since he was born, Adam has had 11 brain surgeries...
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Small Victories
14 February 2014
"Our parents told us about the Nakba of 1948," says Lama. "We didn't experience that. But we are having our nakba now, and it's painful." A Palestine refugee from Syria, Lama represents a link in the chain of Palestinian suffering; she heard the stories of 1948 from her parents and will tell the story of the Syrian...
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11 February 2014
Statement attributable to UNRWA's Director of Operations in Syria, Michael Kingsley The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) strongly condemns the parties responsible for an explosion close to UNRWA’s Turaan School in Muzerib, 11 km north-west of Dera’a City, southern Syria, in which...
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