Syria Crisis

Syria Crisis

Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide and UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl attend a signing ceremony to formalize support from the Government of Norway to UNRWA. © 2019 UNRWA Photo by Giorgia Alvino.
The Government of Norway announced its support to UNRWA with the generous amount of US$ 11.5 million in response to the Agency’s Emergency Appeal on the Syria crisis.
Fatmeh holds a photo of her son Baha’a, who was killed in a mortar attack in Syria last year. © 2019 UNRWA Photo by Taghrid Muhammad
At just 14 years-old Baha’a Mohammed’s life was cut tragically short. He was forced to flee his home twice
UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl meets with a Palestine refugee student in Syria. © 2018 UNRWA Photo
Op-ed by Pierre Krähenbühl, Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) When last visiting the Yarmouk refugee camp, in Damascus, I was confronted with a scale of devastation unlike anything I had witnessed before in almost three decades of work in war zones around the world. Standing in these fields of ruin, I saw signs everywhere of the appalling human cost of an unforgiving conflict, which has torn apart the lives of millions of Syrians. I was also reminded of what makes the tragedy of Palestine refugees in Syria so particularly unique...
Syria8: Eight years, eight stories
“Over 58,000 Palestine refugee children have been born since the start of the conflict. To mark the 8 th anniversary of this human tragedy, we share the experience of Palestine refugees through the eyes of the children who have grown up during the conflict.”
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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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FOOD ASSISTANCE 

With the crisis having entered its eighth year, prolonged displacement, unchecked inflation, rising unemployment rates, and loss of livelihood and home are all compounding the economic hardship felt by Syrians and Palestinians alike. As a result, of the 438,000 Palestine refugees currently in Syria, the vast majority are in need of sustained humanitarian assistance to meet their basic needs. As part of the humanitarian assistance package, UNRWA distributes food parcels, meeting approximately one-third of daily caloric needs per person per month.

Palestine refugees from Syria in Lebanon and in Jordan continue to rely on UNRWA cash assistance, which is often used to meet their basic food and material needs.

Gap 87.50
Coverage 12.50

Funding Requirements

In 2018, UNRWA requires US$ 438 million for its humanitarian response to the Syria crisis, centred on preserving resilience through the provision of humanitarian assistance in the form of cash, food and relief items. UNRWA is also the main provider of basic healthcare to all 438,000 Palestine refugees in Syria as well as providing education to more than 48,000 students. In the nine official camps, the Agency ensures access to basic services including water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). As of 1st of September 2018, the Emergency Appeal for Syria is 12,5% funded.

Read more in the Syria Regional Crisis Emergency Appeal 2018

Total Appeal$438,000,000
Received to Date$54,750,000
Gap$383,250,000
Coverage12.50%
Gap87.50%

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.

With thanks 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 2018 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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