Tragic death of UNRWA student in Deraa: Dangers of Explosive Remnants of War remain daily reality for many

26 July 2022

26 July 2022
Damascus

A 14-year-old child was killed in Syria on 26 July, when a remnant of war which he was handling, exploded while he played with his friend on Al-Sahafa Avenue in Dera'a City, Syria. 

The boy, a 9th Grade student at the UNRWA Taitaba School, died after being heavily injured by the explosion.

UNRWA, once more and with a renewed sense of urgency highlights the danger of explosive remnants of war (ERW) on civilians and the vital need for humanitarian demining in areas where people are returning. 

UNRWA has and will continue to prioritize ERW risk awareness raising in its schools and within the communities, particularly targeting the population living in the heavily affected Dera’a, Yarmouk and Ein el Tal camps.

UNRWA offers its’ most sincere condolences to the family, and will continue to work in partnership with the community to prevent these tragedies from taking precious lives.

UNRWA in Syria expresses its profound sorrow over the tragic death of this14-year-old child. 

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Background Information: 

UNRWA is confronted with an increased demand for services resulting from a growth in the number of registered Palestine refugees, the extent of their vulnerability and their deepening poverty. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions and financial support has been outpaced by the growth in needs. As a result, the UNRWA programme budget, which supports the delivery of core essential services, operates with a large shortfall. UNRWA encourages all Member States to work collectively to exert all possible efforts to fully fund the Agency’s programme budget. UNRWA emergency programmes and key projects, also operating with large shortfalls, are funded through separate funding portals.

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and mandated to provide assistance and protection to some 5.7 million Palestine refugees registered with UNRWA across its five fields of operation. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip achieve their full human development potential, pending a just and lasting solution to their plight. UNRWA services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, protection and microfinance.

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