The protracted conflict in Syria has severely impacted Palestine refugees who had sought shelter in the country after their displacement from historic Palestine in 1948. Then now 10-year war has resulted in most losing their homes and livelihoods. More than 60 per cent of their community has experienced prolonged multiple internal displacements over the years. Click on the images for a look at some of the key events that have marked the past 10 years, highlighting the courage and resilience of a community facing incredible challenges. For a full timeline, of events, Click here to read more.
After months of intense vocal rehearsals, the 50-member Khan Dunoun camp Children’s Choir performed at the UNRWA Ariha School this past July. Showcasing a diverse repertoire of Palestinian traditional folklore songs, they succeeded in capturing the hearts and minds of their audience with their masterful renditions and vocal performance.
Following on the June meeting of the Advisory Commission (AdCom) on the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in Beirut, several AdCom members visited Syria to see first-0hand the services that UNRWA provides to Palestine Refugees living through the war.
The Advisory Commission (AdCom) on the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) convened in Beirut on 20 and 21 June, amid immense concern over the alarming financial situation of the Agency.
UNRWA Director of Partnerships Karim Amer urged participants at the VII Brussels conference on “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region” to include Palestine Refugees in their humanitarian assistance.
“I don’t feel alive anymore”, says Nasra Sulaiman Ali Saffuri, a 60-year-old Palestine Refugee who fled to Jordan from Syria with her family in 2014.
For Palestine Refugees who returned to Yarmouk camp in Damascus, 21 May was a special day. It marked a significant milestone for 30 accomplished women graduates who celebrated their achievements with their families, with lots of love and happiness.
Facts and Figures
About 400,000 PALESTINE REFUGEES FROM SYRIA (PRS) HAVE BEEN DISPLACED
The majority of the 438,000 Palestine refugees remaining in Syria have been displaced at least once within Syria –with some having been displaced multiple times – and over 95 per cent of them remain in continuous need of humanitarian aid to meet their most basic needs. Up to 280,000 Palestine refugees from Syria (PRS) are currently displaced inside Syria, with a further 120,000 displaced to neighbouring countries, including Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt and increasingly, to Europe. The escalating violence makes movement and access more difficult and causes severe hardship. Jordan effectively closed its borders to Palestine refugees from Syria (PRS) early in the conflict; Lebanon followed suit in May 2015.
There are 31,000 PRS in Lebanon. Many of them have been pushed into a precarious and marginalized existence due to their uncertain legal status and face limited social protection, making them heavily reliant on UNRWA for their basic needs.
WITH THANKS YOU TO OUR DONORS
Our ability to respond depends on the generosity of donors and the guarantee of safe and consistent access to those in need, in accordance with international law. We urge donors to maintain and increase their support in 2021 to mitigate the humanitarian impacts of the crisis in Syria, enhance the protection of civilians and prevent further suffering. We call on all parties to the Syria conflict to urgently pursue a negotiated solution and put an end to the violence, destruction, and violation of rights, dignity and humanity.
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