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Ismaeel Abbas, a 61-year-old Palestine refugee from rural Damascus, never imagined his senior years would be filled with hardship.
The Acting Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Christian Saunders, today called for a minimum of US$ 1.4 billion to fund the Agency’s essential services and assistance, including life-saving humanitarian aid and priority projects, for 5.6 million registered Palestine refugees across the Middle East for the year 2020.
In December 2019, the United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly in support of the extension of the UNRWA mandate until 2023. As long as Palestine refugees remain refugees, UNRWA is the organization that they turn to for education, health care, housing, social services, financial...
Seventh-graders Sondous and Zahra’a from Yarmouk walk past the debris of war to reach their school in nearby Yalda: devastated buildings, black and grey, with rooftops that are bent over, kissing the ground. The two girls are among thousands of Palestine refugee children in Syria who bear the scars of the Syrian war.
The Government of Austria yesterday signed an agreement amounting to EUR 2 million with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in support of the Agency’s 2019 Syria Regional Crisis Emergency Appeal.
Acting Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Christian Saunders, visited Syria between 3 and 6 December
Palestine refugees from Syria have been severely affected by the ongoing armed conflict. Of the total 438,000 Palestine refugees from Syria, the vast majority require assistance. Click here to read more.
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Facts and Figures
Functioning UNRWA schools and the provision of quality education remain a vital source of stability in the context of armed conflict. While conflict poses physical and psychosocial risks to children, access to education provides stability and protection and contributes to building new opportunities and bringing hope amid crisis. UNRWA will continue to provide accredited education services to PRS students in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, through direct delivery and self-learning materials.
In Syria, UNRWA will continue to focus on improving the quality and inclusiveness of its education programme for approximately 48,000 students. This will include the continued retention and capacity-building of over 1,500 teaching staff throughout Syria. UNRWA will seek to expand the number of safe learning spaces to support a large number of children with specific educational needs. UNRWA will also aim to expand the provision of psychosocial support services to Palestine refugee students by increasing the number of counsellors from 40 to 47, in order to have one working in each UNRWA school.
In Lebanon, the education programme will continue to promote quality and inclusive education for around 5,400 PRS students, which supports the mental well-being of children. In this regard, extracurricular activities will continue, offering children, including children with disabilities, a space for social and recreational learning. These initiatives aim to offer some respite from the difficult living conditions in the camps, while also promoting better integration in the school system as well as in the community at large.
In Jordan, education activities for around 1,400 PRS and Syrian students will be conducted in line with Education-in-Emergencies (EiE) programmatic strands that include ensuring the provision of a safe and secure learning environment, ensuring that the quality of teaching and learning is sustained during emergencies, and enhancing community and student engagement and participation. Emergency Appeal funding will, among others, cover the salaries of more than 100 emergency daily paid teachers necessary to maintain quality and mitigate increased class sizes.
The Agency has reduced its appeal from US$ 277 million in 2019 to US$ 212 million in 2020 to preserve life-saving humanitarian assistance to Palestine refugees affected by the Syria regional crisis. Although the needs for Palestine refugees remain the same, with over per cent living below the poverty line, this reduction is based on projected funding trends and reflects the unprecedented funding crisis faced by UNRWA in 2019. In Syria, UNRWA continues to provide cash assistance to about 418,000 Palestine refugees to support them in meeting their basic needs. UNRWA is also the main provider of basic health care for more than 438,000 Palestine refugees estimated to remain inside Syria, as well as providing education to more than 51,000 students. In nine official camps, the Agency ensures access to basic services, including water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).
Read more in the Syria Regional Crisis Emergency Appeal 2020
The Syria Crisis
Into the eighth year of conflict, conditions in Syria remain volatile and marked by continuing and intense armed violence and limited humanitarian access. Amid this unconscionable bloodshed and destruction, Palestine refugees remain particularly vulnerable and have been disproportionately affected by the conflict, due to their proximity to conflict areas inside Syria, high rates of poverty, and the tenuous legal status of those forced to flee to Lebanon and Jordan. The timeline below tells their story.
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