displacement

Statement by the UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl
24 July 2014
The scenes of carnage and human suffering that we witnessed today at our elementary school in Beit Hanoun were so appalling and intolerable, that it is difficult to find the words to convey adequately my indignation. As has happened so many times in this pitiless conflict, civilians are paying the highest price of the...
Official Statements
Over 100,000 Displaced: UNRWA Appeals for Support
22 July 2014
As the violence engulfing Gaza enters its third week, Palestinians throughout the small coastal territory are being affected in ever-growing numbers. The ground offensive launched by the Israeli military only compounds the destruction and suffering already caused by shelling from land, air and sea. With hundreds dead...
Press Releases
UNRWA strongly condemns shelling of a school in Gaza sheltering civilians and calls for an investigation
22 July 2014
East Jerusalem UNRWA condemns in the strongest possible terms the shelling of one of its schools in the central area of Gaza which was sheltering hundreds of Palestinians displaced by the current fighting. At approximately 1655 hours yesterday, UNRWA’s Maghazi Preparatory Girls School, in the Maghazi refugee camp,...
Press Releases
Number of Palestinians seeking shelters in Gaza exceeds 50,000
19 July 2014
The number of IDPs that are taking shelter in UNRWA's designated emergency shelters has risen to 81,000 persons in 61 schools. It is expected that hundreds of those who had to flee their homes in Shejaiha will go to the shelters designated by UNRWA that will open additional shelters.
Press Releases
Adapt, survive and thrive: UNRWA responds to the Syria crisis
02 July 2014
It was the start of another day for the UNRWA team in Syria. Our convoy entered the besieged Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk in Damascus on 31 January where, as usual, a river of people as far as the eye could see stood waiting for food. A colleague casually snapped a photo, unaware that he had captured an image...
Features
A Voice from the Field: From Yarmouk to Beddawi
16 May 2014
15 May is the International Day of Families. This year, UNRWA is highlighting the plight of displaced and separated Palestine refugee families from Syria. Approximately 48,500 Palestine refugee families have been displaced within Syria and another 19,000 families to neighbouring countries. Many families have also been...
Features
What Was Lost
14 April 2014
With deep sadness and despair, Amal tells us that she is a teacher of the Arabic language; she’s not used to begging and asking for help. But given her current circumstances, she is ready to work in any field, even cleaning houses so that she and her daughter can live in dignity. That’s been a challenge ever since she...
Features
Survey of Businesses in Syria: Overwhelming Destruction and Displacement
02 April 2014
An UNRWA survey of its microfinance programme in Syria has found the impact of the conflict to be “overwhelming and traumatic”, with the vast majority of its clients displaced and in need of humanitarian assistance. The survey was conducted in what the report calls “an economic catastrophe”, from which it says the...
Press Releases