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UNHCR urges Europe to do more to help Syrian refugees
UNHCR, 11/07/2014
GENEVA, 11 July (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Friday called for European nations to do more to help Syrian refugees who are trying in growing numbers to reach the safety of Europe. A new report, Syrian Refugees in Europe: What Europe can do to Ensure Protection and Solidarity, found that Europe is shouldering only a small part of the Syrian refugee problem. Just four per cent of Syrian refugees have sought asylum in Europe. Since the conflict began in March 2011, some 123,600 Syrians have sought asylum in Europe, not including Turkey. There are over 2.9 million refugees in countries immediately neighbouring Syria. UNHCR urged states to ensure access to their territory, including fair and efficient asylum procedures; to provide adequate reception conditions; and to take other measures to provide protection and safety for refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria. "An incre...
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Europe must give Syrian refugees a home
The Guardian, 22/07/2014
While the world’s eyes are now firmly fixed on Gaza, the Syrian maelstrom of death, destruction and displacement rages on, and shows no signs of abating. When histories are written about the humanitarian cost of Syria’s civil war, Europe’s response to the crisis of a generation might be summed up in a single phrase: never was so little done by so many for so few. More than three years after the conflict began, almost three million refugees have fled their shattered homeland in fear of their lives. A dispassionate observer might imagine that, by virtue of wealth and geography, many would seek safe harbour just a few kilometres to the west, in the peaceful and prosperous countries of the EU. The reality is dramatically different. In response to the largest forced displacement crisis in the world, taking place only a short boat ride away, Europeans have provided refuge to a g...
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Queen commends UNICEF’s work in Jordan
The Jordan Times, 18/08/2014
AMMAN — Her Majesty Queen Rania on Monday met with UNICEF’s deputy executive director, Geeta Rao Gupta, to discuss the UN agency’s efforts to support women and children in Jordan. Talks also covered the ongoing efforts to provide humanitarian aid to Gaza residents suffering as a result of the conflict in the area, according to a statement from Her Majesty’s office. Gupta, who also serves as the vice chair of the board of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation, expressed her gratitude for the role that Jordan and its leadership play in supporting humanitarian relief efforts in Gaza as well as welcoming the large influx of Syrian refugees and absorbing Syrian children in the public school system. Queen Rania commended UNICEF’s work in the region and Jordan, particularly in the development of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Maria Calivis, UNICEF...
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UAE conference hopes to help more than 2 million displaced children in region
The National UAE, 19/08/2014
DUBAI // With more than 2.6 million children and adolescents displaced in the Middle East and North Africa, the UAE is looking to help the United Nations draft a protection plan to assist them. At the Investing in the Future conference to be held on October 15 and 16 in Sharjah, experts from child protection agencies, the UAE, government officials from other countries and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will discuss how to protect these refugees from exploitation and violence. Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, the wife of the Ruler of Sharjah, said governments and organisations had a responsibility to ensure children’s rights were upheld and that they grow up in a safe environment. “The conference seeks to make recommendations and adopt steps to protect the rights of refugee children, and to put the necessary measures in place to protect them...
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مصر تؤكد استعدادها لتخفيف المعاناة عن اللاجئين السوريين
AKHBAR MASR - http://www.sis.gov.eg/Ar/Templates/Articles/tmpArticles.aspx?ArtID=87010#.U_mwpMW1YpJ, 07/05/2014
أكد السفير طارق معاطي، نائب مساعد وزير الخارجية للاجئين والهجرة، استعداد مصر لتقديم كل ما يلزم من تعاون مع المجتمع الدولى فى هذا الصدد مؤكداً على أهمية استمرار التنسيق والتعاون لضمان أفضل السبل لمساعدة الأشقاء السوريين على العيش الكريم وتخفيف معاناتهم. جاء ذلك خلال استقبال السفير طارق معاطى الثلاثاء 6/5/2014 الوفد رفيع المستوى للدول التى تستضيف اللاجئين السوريين والذى يزور القاهرة خلال الفترة من 4-7 مايو الجارى بهدف متابعة أوضاع اللاجئين السوريين فى مصر والأعداد التى يمكن استيعابها فى هذه ...
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Syrians come to Egypt seeking refuge, bring shawerma
Daily News Egypt - http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2014/07/07/syrians-come-egypt-seeking-refuge-bring-shawerma/, 07/07/2014
Three years ago, there were few authentic Syrian restaurants in Egypt. “Now they are countless,” said Mohamed Belal, who helped to found one of Cairo’s first Syrian restaurant chains in 2004. Since civil war broke out in Syria in 2011, more than 190,000 Syrians have taken refuge in Egypt, bringing with them, among other things, an entrepreneurial spirit and shawerma. Syrian restaurants require little capital, which makes it one of the easiest businesses to start, Belal said. Shawerma is also an easy product to sell. In Syria, Belal said, “You may find up to nine shawerma restaurants in the same street, and they will be all making profit equally.” Egyptians, he said, “tend to prefer a greasy diet,” so selling shawerma is “a very profitable business”. At the Heliopolis branch of Belal’s restaurant, Anas El Demishki, you can smell the shawerma as soon as y...
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Ghazal’s Story, Egypt
UNHCR , 20/06/2014
Ghazal arrived to Egypt from Damascus by plane with her two sons. She says, “we went through a great deal of pain, displacement, and shelling back in Syria; my house was bombed, my husband was arrested, my children suffered mental anguish as a result of the severe circumstances.” Ghazal remembers that during the flight to Egypt, she was crying the whole time, while her son was holding her tight. What really hurt Ghazal the most was leaving Syria, her homeland and her family who she has not seen since she had to flee. She was displaced several times, always fearing for her life and her children. “I left without saying goodbye… I was coming to Egypt without knowing anyone, without a plan, to the unknown.” Leaving Syria was a difficult but necessary decision “at any cost.”...
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Nabila’s Story, Egypt
UNHCR , 20/06/2014
“All I need is to find work in order to survive. Can you find me work?” These are the first words of Nabila, a 42 year old widow, originally from the city of Homs in Syria. She came to Egypt by air via Beirut with her 20 year old son and 17 year old daughter in February 2013. “Back home in Syria, I was running a ready-to-wear fashion store. My husband was a dentist and he managed his own clinic in the same city. We used to live comfortably and had a good social standing. One day in early February 2013, I learnt that my son was about to be arrested since one of his fellow friends had links with the opposition in Syria. I remember how I was frantically driving my car to the place where my son used to hang out with his friends. I “swept” him and two of his friends into the car just minutes before the army came to take them. On that very day, I made the difficult decision, th...
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Wassim’s Story, Egypt
UNHCR , 20/06/2014
I arrived from Syria to Egypt last year by plane with my family – my wife and four children, and my mother, who unfortunately passed away two months ago. I decided to leave Aleppo because we were under siege. We hardly had any means of survival left. Food, water, electricity and gas became almost non-existent. We were frightened for our safety as circumstances were getting worse day by day. Going to school became a great risk. The road leading to my children’s school was destroyed and as a result, the school closed. A couple of months later, we decided to leave. Our children’s education is a priority for my wife and me. We are determined to give our children all opportunities we can for their future. Though Egyptians have been very hospitable, supportive and empathize with our on-going crisis, I still miss my country and relatives a lot. I miss the sense of being home. Nothin...
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Raghad’s Story, Egypt
UNHCR , 20/06/2014
Raghad came with her family to Egypt after the situation in Syria became impossible to endure. She was married for only 40 days, of which she spent only one week in her house. Thereafter the family had to move a lot in Syria due to the lack of security and shelling. “I was shocked when my parents informed me about the death of my husband,” Raghad sadly recalled. “I could have imagined losing anything but him. I lost hope which is the most basic thing that makes a person feel alive. He was my source of strength.” When her parents decided to come to Egypt she explained, “I did not object because I knew that this was the best thing considering the circumstances we were living in.” However, it was not easy for her. “I loved Egypt. I used to see Egyptian movies and always thought that Egypt is beautiful,” she reminisced. “I had wished to visit Egypt as a tourist ...
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