UNRWA and the European Union Open Photography Exhibition in Beirut for Palestinian student refugees from Syria

14 September 2018
Palestinian refugee students from Syria showcase their work ©2018 UNRWA photo by Jesse Thompson

Today, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and the European Union Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian Crisis, the 'Madad Fund', opened a new photography exhibition in Beirut. The event was attended by Mr. Claudio Cordone, Director of UNRWA Affairs in Lebanon and H.E. Ambassador Christina Lassen, Head of the European Union Delegation in Lebanon.

The exhibition showcases the previously unpublished work of ten Palestinian refugee student photographers from Syria who were chosen from across Lebanon to participate in an after-school photography workshop facilitated by international instructors. Over the course of one semester, students learned the basic tenets of digital photography and were invited to start documenting their lives, as well as events and activities in their communities, including those implemented by the EU Madad Fund.

“We are very pleased to host this exhibition to celebrate the inspiring talent of Palestine refugee youth,” said Claudio Cordone, Director of UNRWA Affairs in Lebanon. “The photos show innovation, determination and courage, in spite of the harsh realities that surround them, and remind the rest of the world that they too deserve a life free from conflict and violence.” 

“Photography can help young people not only to see their surroundings better, but also to see deeper into themselves. We are thankful to UNRWA and the EU Madad project for the opportunity that they gave us to work with these ten talented students. The result of many weeks of focus, curiosity, and creativity is on display on these walls, and we are very proud of what they have accomplished” said Carlos Perez Osorio, one of the program’s instructors.

The EU Madad Fund, set up to ensure a large scale response to the Syrian crisis, provides comprehensive education services, enhanced protection for individuals at risk and humanitarian relief through the Agency’s cash assistance program. The fund has enabled UNRWA in Lebanon to effectively respond to the needs of Palestine refugees who have been affected by the situation in Syria.


EU and UNRWA: Together for Palestine Refugees

The European Union and UNRWA have a strategic partnership governed by the shared objective to support the human development, humanitarian and protection needs of Palestine refugees and promote stability in the Middle East. The European Union is the largest multilateral provider of international assistance to Palestine refugees. This reliable and predictable support from the European Union enables UNRWA to provide daily quality education for roughly half a million children and primary health care for more than 3.5 million patients in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza. This has allowed millions of Palestine refugees to be better educated, live healthier lives, access employment opportunities and improve their living conditions, thus contributing to the development of the entire region.

UNRWA and the European Union Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian Crisis, the 'Madad Fund', opened a new photography exhibition in Beirut, showcasing the previously unpublished work of ten Palestinian refugee student photographers from Syria
Background Information: 

<p dir="RTL" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; color: rgb(85, 85, 85); font-family: tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">تواجه الأونروا طلبا متزايدا على خدماتها بسبب زيادة عدد لاجئي فلسطين المسجلين ودرجة هشاشة الأوضاع التي يعيشونها وفقرهم المتفاقم. ويتم تمويل الأونروا بشكل كامل تقريبا من خلال التبرعات الطوعية فيما لم يقم الدعم المالي بمواكبة مستوى النمو في الاحتياجات. ونتيجة لذلك فإن الموازنة البرامجية للأونروا، والتي تعمل على دعم تقديم الخدمات الرئيسة، تعاني من عجز كبير. وتدعو الأونروا كافة الدول الأعضاء للعمل بشكل جماعي وبذل كافة الجهود الممكنة لتمويل موازنة الوكالة بالكامل. ويتم تمويل برامج الأونروا الطارئة والمشروعات الرئيسة، والتي تعاني أيضا من عجز كبير، عبر بوابات تمويل منفصلة.</p>

<p dir="RTL" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; color: rgb(85, 85, 85); font-family: tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">تأسست الأونروا كوكالة تابعة للأمم المتحدة بقرار من الجمعية العامة في عام 1949، وتم تفويضها بتقديم المساعدة والحماية لحوالي خمسة ملايين وأربعمائة ألف لاجئ من فلسطين مسجلين لديها. وتقتضي مهمتها بتقديم المساعدة للاجئي فلسطين في الأردن ولبنان وسورية والضفة الغربية وقطاع غزة ليتمكنوا من تحقيق كامل إمكاناتهم في مجال التنمية البشرية وذلك إلى أن يتم التوصل لحل عادل ودائم لمحنتهم. وتشتمل خدمات الأونروا على التعليم والرعاية الصحية والإغاثة والخدمات الاجتماعية والبنية التحتية وتحسين المخيمات والحماية والإقراض الصغير.</p>

For more information, please contact:

Sami Mshasha
Director of Communications, Arabic Language Spokesperson
Mobile: 
+972 (0)54 216 8295
Office: 
+972 (0)258 90724
Huda Samra
Communications Advisor – Lebanon (Arabic and Francophone)
Mobile: 
+961 81 666 134