UNRWA #VoicesfromSyria Anniversary Campaign for Palestine Refugees Reveals Extraordinary Resilience as Crisis in Syria Enters Seventh Year

Through #VoicesfromSyria, UNRWA is sharing six stories of Palestine refugees spanning three generations describing details of daily life in Syria. The narratives reveal extraordinary resilience, and hope is encapsulated in the song, ‘Dreaming of the Future’, recorded for the campaign.

Entering its seventh year, the Syria conflict has created over 4.8 million refugees and caused the displacement of an estimated 6.5 million within the country. During 2016, the conflict continued with brutal intensity, while efforts to reach a political solution failed. Amid this unconscionable bloodshed and destruction, Palestine refugees are among the worst affected. Over 60 per cent of the 450,000 Palestine refugees inside Syria are displaced, while 28,900 are trapped in besieged and hard-to-reach areas.

The crisis has affected three generations of Palestine refugees. The first generation originally fled from northern Pal­estine in 1948 and subsequently others came from the Golan Heights in 1967 and from Lebanon at the height of the civil war in 1982. Once again, Palestine refugees find them­selves in the midst of horrifying conflict.

Support the Agency’s message of solidarity #forPalestinerefugees and go to www.unrwa.org/voicesfromSyria to hear from the stories of six refugees spanning three generations and a song for the future.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

UNRWA is confronted with an increased demand for services resulting from a growth in the number of registered Palestine refugees, the extent of their vulnerability and their deepening poverty. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions and financial support has been outpaced by the growth in needs. As a result, the UNRWA Programme Budget, which supports the delivery of core essential services, operates with a large shortfall. UNRWA encourages all Member States to work collectively to exert all possible efforts to fully fund the Agency’s Programme Budget. UNRWA emergency programmes and key projects, also operating with large shortfalls, are funded through separate funding portals.

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and mandated to provide assistance and protection to some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip achieve their full human development potential, pending a just and lasting solution to their plight. UNRWA services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, protection and microfinance.

For more information, please contact:

Christopher Gunness Spokesperson, Director of Advocacy & Strategic Communications Mobile: +972 (0)54 240 2659 Office: +972 (0)2 589 0267 c.gunness@unrwa.org Sami Mshasha Chief of Communications, Arabic Language Spokesperson Mobile: +972 (0)54 216 8295 Office: +972 (0)2 589 0724 s.mshasha@unrwa.org