Looking at the impact of the conflict in Syria on Palestine refugees in the third quarter of 2016, statistics are a bleak illustration of the severe consequences of five years of brutal conflict on this community.
Over 40 per cent of the camps that have traditionally been home to Palestine refugee communities over the last 65 years in Syria have been engulfed by conflict. Out of the 12 Palestine refugee camps throughout the country, five are either destroyed or inaccessible to the Agency, including Ein el Tal, Dera’a camp, Yarmouk, Sbeineh and Khan Eshieh.
UNRWA was able to disburse over US$ 1.7 million for reconstruction (over US$ 951,000) and severe repair works (over US$ 759,000). The funds reached a total of 242 refugee families across Gaza; they were able to access their assistance this week.
Emergency shelter – including support for home repairs, reconstruction and interim shelter solutions – is a top priority for UNRWA. The Agency remains committed to supporting affected families yet requires new funding to continue the shelter cash assistance programme.
Four Palestine refugees were killed on the night of 18 October as they attempted to leave the Khan Eshieh Palestine refugee camp, south of the Syrian capital, Damascus, to which access has been highly restricted. Nofeh Mohammed Jarad, who was in her 60's, her daughter Ibaa Saeed al-Nader, 22, their driver and a one-year old baby were all killed when their vehicle was shelled around 10 p.m. The mother of the baby, a Syrian citizen, also died in the incident.
Opinion piece: By Bo Schack, Director of UNRWA Operations in Gaza
“I have survived the past three wars, but that is not the problem. In this place, wars come and go. The bigger struggle is not to lose hope. The only way I can do that is to retreat, and create my own world, and become oblivious.” This was told to me by 36-year old Ali, who works as a waiter in one of the coffee shops in Gaza city.
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Translates documents from Arabic to English and vice versa, as required;
Maintains regular contact with the local and international media representatives to promote better understanding and coverage of the Agency’s work, and to encourage the media to use UNRWA as a source of information on registered Palestine refugees;
Develops, implements and evaluates Field's Communication Plan/Strategy ensuring its coherence with the overall Agency's communication strategy; advises the Field Office Director, Spokesperson and Chief of Strategic Communications Division/Arabic Spokesperson on public relations and information opportunities and needs in the Field with a view to developing and executing appropriate PI interventions to increase/promote awareness, image and visibility of the Agency across the Field and beyond;
TERMS OF REFERENCE
Works closely with, and under the supervision of the Deputy Chief Infrastructure and Camp Improvement Programme
Liaisons with other units and organizations, drafting terms of reference, selection of consultants and contractors, working with and coordinating the work of consultants, reviewing plans, site supervision, preparation of progress reports, and development of guidelines and standards.
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FOR PALESTINE REFUGEES IN THE NEAR EAST