Palestine refugees in Syria: a tale of devastation and courage
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...
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The family’s only income is UNRWA cash assistance. UNRWA operates one of the largest cash assistance programmes in an active conflict setting anywhere in the world
Maha Hajjaj collects some herbs and vegetables from the organic rooftop garden in Burj Barajneh, an initiative complementary to the Soufra catering service. © 2019 UNRWA Photo by Rabie Akel
Aromatic parsley, burgeoning red-leaf lettuce and fragrant, fresh mint – these are just a few of the herbs and vegetables flourishing in an organic rooftop garden in the most unlikely of places:
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The 8th of March is a unique opportunity to celebrate the remarkable contribution of UNRWA’s female staff, both Palestinian and International.
A Palestine refugee beneficiary collects UNRWA cash assistance provided by the Agency’s Social Safety Net programme. 2019 UNRWA Photo by Maysoun Mustafa
The Government of France contributed EUR 500,000 in support of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) Social Safety Net Programme (SSNP). The Social Safety Net Programme (SSNP) was created in light of the wide exposure of Palestine refugees in Lebanon to poverty and food insecurity. Created in 2003, the Agency’s SSNP programme has served more than 292,000 Palestine refugees from over 70,000 families. This aid includes the provision of basic food commodities, as well as supplemental cash assistance. In its current form, the the Agency’s...