Syria Crisis

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.”
Palestine refugee children stand in front of a destroyed building in Ein El Tal camp in Syria. © 2018 UNRWA Photo by Ahmad Abou Zeid
In 2019, UNRWA requires US$ 277 million for its humanitarian response to the Syria crisis. This response will be guided by the following three strategic priorities:
Strategic Priority 1: To preserve resilience through the provision of humanitarian assistance...
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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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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 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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