Syria Crisis

Syria Crisis

Since the start of the conflict in #Syria , summer learning is more important than ever. “We provide children with a change of scene & let them be children.” Support from the Government of Japan enables the Agency to employ staff at UNRWA summer clubs through the Education for All joint programme.
© UNRWA 2018 Photo by Fernande Van Tets
Rima attended school as a child, but the lessons never stuck. “I went to school, but I didn’t like it,’ admits the 33 year-old from Homs. As a result, she never learned to read or write. Initially her illiteracy wasn’t much of an issue. But when her father passed away three years ago, she needed to find work and provide for herself and her family. “I was trying, knocking on doors, but everybody said I needed to be able to read and write,” she explains. With these rejections in hand Rima made a big decision: she would learn how to read. That was eighteen months ago. She decided to attend a...
Participants share best practices in providing psychosocial support to Palestine refugee children in UNRWA schools at a capacity building workshop for Psychosocial Support Counsellors held at UNRWA Damascus Training Centre, Syria © 2018 UNRWA photo by Iyad Faouri.
The psychological effects of the prolonged Syrian conflict have been devastating, especially for vulnerable Palestine refugee children
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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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The Syria Crisis

Into the seventh 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.

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.

Gap 74.39
Coverage 25.61

Funding Requirements

In 2017, UNRWA requires US$ 411 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 will provide a protective framework for Palestine refugees through helping mitigate their vulnerability by maintaining access to basic services including education; health; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); and by promoting respect for international humanitarian law (IHL) and international human rights law (IHRL). UNRWA will strengthen humanitarian capacity, coordination and management to improve the effectiveness of its emergency programme delivery.

Read more in the 2017 Syria Emergency Appeal.

Total Appeal$411,000,000
Received to Date$105,260,000
Gap$305,740,000
Coverage25.61%
Gap74.39%

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 2017 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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