Previous Campaigns


Living in contested areas, facing high poverty rates and experiencing tenuous living conditions in Lebanon and Jordan, the 560,000 Palestine refugees of Syria have suffered greatly in the crisis over the last five years. The timeline below tells their story through a humanitarian lens.Read more

UNRWA EU Photography Competition for 2015

Amid ongoing conflict characterized by violence, forced migration, blockade and poverty, young Palestine refugees continue their struggle to achieve their dreams while remaining hopeful and maintaining their resilience. The determination of young Palestine refugees throughout the decades is a remarkable characteristic of the Palestine refugee community.Read more


In December 2012, fierce clashes erupted in Yarmouk, an area of Damascus home to approximately 160,000 Palestine refugees. The intensity of these clashes and the widespread use of heavy weapons caused numerous civilian casualties, severe damage to property and the displacement of 140,000 Palestine refugees and thousands of Syrians. In July 2013, a state of siege emerged in Yarmouk, trapping the...Read more

UNRWA at the World Humanitarian Summit

On 23/24 May, UNRWA will attend the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul and join the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s call for “One Humanity” and “Shared Responsibility" and to implement the accompanying " Agenda for Humanity ", to improve the functioning, efficiency and effectiveness of the world humanitarian system to better provide services and goods to people in...Read more


Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including diabetes, have become the main cause of mortality around the world and are currently responsible for more than 70 per cent of deaths among Palestine refugees each year. Today, nearly 136,000 Palestine refugees registered for UNRWA health-care services have diabetes.Read more


The incidence of foodborne and waterborne diseases among Palestine refugees has been steadily decreasing since UNRWA records began. However, a slight upturn between 2013 and 2014, which can be attributed to the conflicts in Syria and Gaza, shows the importance of ongoing vigilance.Read more


It is time for nearly half a million Palestine refugee children to return to school. This autumn, 666 UNRWA schools will open their doors in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. But most of these children will be returning to school in environments of instability, conflict and fear.Read more

UNRWA Photo Competition 2014

Every day that the blockade continues and new raids are carried out, we are overwhelmed by a flood of numbers: how many dead, how many wounded, how many victims. The morning headlines are brimming with the number of dead, injured and displaced.Read more


Over 50 days of hostilities, the summer 2014 conflict caused unparalleled destruction and human suffering across the Gaza Strip. Families lost their children, entire neighbourhoods were torn to the ground, and tens of thousands were left with nothing as their homes were destroyed. Thousands remain displaced to this day. The 2014 conflict not only shattered homes and lives – much too often it has...Read more

International Women's Day 2015

On International Women’s Day 2015, UNRWA is celebrating ‘Everyday Heroines’ by focusing on our women staff on the front lines.Read more