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UNRW: Your help made a difference!

Posted by uscsjp on October 7, 2015

Once again, thank you for your generous assistance to Palestine refugees from Yarmouk. The response from individual donors like you to UNRWA’s #SaveYarmouk campaign was heart-warming. 350,248 USD was raised, enabling UNRWA to meet the most urgent humanitarian needs of thousands of refugees:
  • 4,792 refugees received one-month food parcelscontaining quantities of staple foods such as rice, pasta, lentils, sugar, canned meat, milk powder and cooking oil.
  • 3,488 refugees received USD 64 of cash assistance to help cover the cost of food, rent, transport, clothing and additional heath care for two months.
Your assistance made a real difference in the lives of refugees who had endured weeks or even months of brutal fighting and malnutrition, and often had to flee with only the clothing they were wearing. Their testimonies speak of incredible hardship, but also of enduring resilience.

Voices from Syria

“I am so happy to receive the food basket. The food aid helps us through displacement and gives us good nutrition at no cost.”
Sixty-year old Amneh and her two daughters fled their home with only clothing and a few personal belongings. They now live in a rented house in Damascus and struggle to meet their monthly costs. Food assistance helps them prioritise their other spending on rental and household needs.
“Thanks to a food distribution by UNRWA I can make meals for my family, otherwise we would be hungry.”
Darin, her husband and two children fled their home as a result of the conflict, and have been struggling to meet the spiraling cost of food and other goods.  Darin uses all the food items in the basket provided by UNRWA, and particularly appreciates having milk and fruit jam to provide essential nutrients for her children.
“We have escaped violence and fighting but not hardship. As the conflict continues, this assistance represents an increasingly important source of support to us.”
Safa’a and her two young children travelled over seven hours from their temporary home pick up cash assistance from the UNRWA distribution centre in Damascus. Safa’a and her family have been displaced three times as a result of the crisis. Herhusband owned his own shop, but now relies on sporadic farm labouring to help support the family. Safa’a is worried her children are suffering from psychological distress, and used her cash assistance to buy clothes and food for them.

What is happening now?

While TV crews are gone, the situation in Yarmouk remains extremely severe. The fighting continues unabated. With no reliable access to electricity or clean water, refugees are forced to rely on dilapidated wells and ground water. Wretched living conditions such as these inside Yarmouk and in neighboring areas favour the spread of communicable diseases, such as typhoid fever.
UNRWA continues to respond, deploying medical personnel and treating hundreds of patients on every mission. The agency’s priority remains the continued response to urgent health needs and expansion of humanitarian aid to provide life-saving food to civilians in Yarmouk.
UNRWA will continue to stand with Palestine refugees in Yarmouk and throughout Syria in their most dire hour of need. You can learn more about the situation, how UNRWA is responding on UNRWA’s website and how you can help here http://www.unrwa.org/syria-crisis.
On behalf of Amneh, Darin, Safa’a and their families, as well as the thousands of Palestine refugees who received vital assistance thanks to the #SaveYarmouk campaign, I thank you for your generosity.
In solidarity,
Renaud RODIER

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