Syria

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...
Features
Support from Islamic Relief Worldwide for Besieged Yarmouk
03 March 2014
On 26 February, Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) signed an agreement for the provision of emergency assistance, worth a total of US$ 759,000, to Palestine refugees in Yarmouk camp and other Damascus areas characterized by severe hardship. The IRW contribution will...
Press Releases
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,...
Features
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...
Official Statements
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...
Features
UNRWA’s Commissioner-General deplores the killing of 18, including five Palestine refugee children, in southern Syria
19 February 2014
I am shocked and outraged to have to report that at least 18 people were killed yesterday, including five Palestine refugee school children and an UNRWA staff member, when an explosive struck near UNRWA's Zeitoun school in Muzeirib, 11 km north-west of Dera'a in southern Syria, between 11:00 and 12:00. At least 20...
Official Statements