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Jarah al-Hawamdeh 2018
11 April 2018
When Jarah al-Hawamdeh was having treatment for bone cancer, he lay awake at night dreaming of his future as a mountaineer. He was just 15 years old and suffering lengthy bouts of insomnia after doctors amputated his right leg. But Jarah refused to let this ruin his life...
Tala Al Masri, a Palestine refugee student in Grade 6, sits among her class mates at the UNRWA Zaytoun Elementary Co-Ed B school in Gaza. The school is adopted by the United Arab Emirates.  © 2018 UNRWA Photo by Mohammed Hinnawi
10 April 2018
Sitting at the front of the classroom, 11-year-old Tala Al-Masri, is bright-eyed and attentive as she pursues her dream of an education at the UNRWA Zaytoun Elementary Co-Ed B School in Gaza. In spite of being born with a severe visual impairment, leaving her with little...
Rana plays with her children at their house at Neirab camp, Aleppo, Syria © 2017 UNRWA Photo by Ahmad Abu Zeid
05 April 2018
When Rana Mahmoud Halabi (33) talks about her comfortable life before the war, her eyes light up. Her husband used to fish for tilapia and carp in the Euphrates river. She would help him clean the catch of the day before he brought it to market. “Raqqa was a lovely city,”...
Manar performing with the Lighthouse Choir at the Damascus Opera House. © 2018 UNRWA Photo provided by Manar Al Sha’ar
08 March 2018
International Women’s Day feature, 8 March 2018 Manar al-Sha’ar knows how to turn a tough situation into an opportunity. After being swindled while trying to flee the war in Syria, she decided to build a future within the country. "I refused to give up and decided to...
Zena Z Ghalban (10) takes a seat among her classmates at the UNRWA Maen Elementary Girls School in Khan Yunis.  © 2018 UNRWA Photo by Khalil Adwan
07 March 2018
“I like reading a lot, it is the only thing that can take me to other worlds. When my family goes out and I cannot join them, I don’t need my mother to stay with me at home, I only ask her to give me a book. While reading, I feel like getting out of my body and travelling...