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In Cairo, dreaming of a future
DW, 21/07/2015
More than 4 million Syrians have fled to neighboring countries. But as relief organizations cut back on aid, many are moving on. A lucky few are resettled, while others take a more dangerous route. Naomi Conrad reports. Ägypten Kairo syrische Flüchtlinge Behind the luxury gated villas and oversized shopping malls that make up Cairo's wealthy suburbs, a cluster of grey concrete blocks of flats stretches out into the shimmering heat. Inside a non-descript flat, several Syrian women have gathered in the bleak waiting room, sitting on plastic chairs placed beside whirling fans. They've come to this small relief center run by a local foundation to beg for support. Sahar, a bubbly 39-year-old mother of three, her round, smiling face framed by a black headscarf, fans her newborn baby with a piece of paper. The girl's tiny and sickly; she was born prematurely, Sahar says. But her daughte...
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LEGO training to the Lebanese Ministry of Education teachers
UNHCR, 24/06/2015
As part of the partnership with the LEGO Foundation, UNHCR supported the Lebanese Ministry of Education (MEHE) to introduce playful learning activities for children in public kindergartens through the training of counsellors from the Department of Orientation and Counselling....
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Jawaher calls on international community to help Syrian refugees
Gulf News, 12/05/2015
Sharjah: Shaikha Jawaher Bint Mohammad Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, called on the international community to help Syrian refugees and stand by the countries hosting these refugees by sharing the responsibility to protect and provide for them. Shaikha Jawaher is UNHCR Eminent Advocate for Refugee Children. The call was made during her visit to Tadamon Egyptian Refugee Council, refugee schools and the UNHCR Office in Cairo, which was aimed at following up on the development of systems put in place to provide support for refugee children and comes amid the backdrop of the huge influx of refugees fleeing the four-year conflict in Syria. She said that the issue of Syrian refugees is one of the most tragic events in human history “and without collective Arab and international effort, their p...
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Even in Egypt, Syrian Refugees Struggle to Access Higher Education
Al Fanar Media, 06/04/2015
For Tamer Mohammed Yasser, a 19-year-old Syrian refugee, the idea of getting a university degree is out of the question. He tried. But expenses including books, transportation to campus and meals on the go amounted to more than the roughly $100 he earns every month working as en electrician. Plus, the money is needed at home, where it helps support his mother and two siblings. “It’s hard now,” said Yasser, “because just me and my father are working.” In Egypt, Syrian undergraduates can attend public universities on the same footing as local students—almost for free, aside from expenses and various fees. Yet some refugees like Yasser remain unable to cover even seemingly marginal costs or much more substantial enrollment fees to enter master’s degree or doctoral programs, leaving them in in limbo between a conflict they left back home and prospects for building a bette...
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Employment, detention, and registration: On Syrian refugees in Egypt
Daily News Egypt, 07/04/2015
Couples, children, teenagers and the elderly can be seen coming in and out of Omaya in the Maadi district of Cairo with bowls of ice cream. The small ice cream store at the very end of Street 9 has been open for the past two years, and has both Syrian and Egyptian employees. Outside the small store, customers can see a large photograph of a clean, peaceful looking Omaya Square, located in Damascus, where the owners of the store come from. The location has since seen shelling and mortars in fighting between regime forces and the Free Syrian Army. Whilst a Syrian employee in Omaya says the store and its employees have not been bothered by officials or residents, their experience differs from many of their counterparts. According to UNHCR media spokesperson Marwa Hashem, while many Syrians who have fled to Egypt were able to find jobs, this has not been an easy task due to Egypt’...
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Picture at an exhibition opens a door for young Syrian burns victim
UNHCR , 23/02/2015
CAIRO, Egypt, February 23 (UNHCR) – A picture at an exhibition has helped to change the life of Judy El Khatib, a nine-year-old Syrian girl who had been unable to move her right arm since suffering bad burn injuries four years ago. The young refugee suffered the debilitating injury in Damascus not long after the Syria crisis erupted in March 2011. She was playing in the kitchen when an explosion rocked the family home and knocked a pot of boiling water off the stove and all over her arm. As the security situation deteriorated in Syria, the family sought refuge in Egypt. Judy hoped she could get help and the family approached UNHCR, which has a limited budget to help people in need of medical care. But the refugee agency was unable to do much because the injuries on Judy's scarred arm were classified as only "cosmetic," and funds were needed for more pressing cases. The young g...
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Ms.Tan UNHCREgypt Regional Rep met with the Governor of Marsa Matrouh and government officials in Salloum
AlSaudi News, 14/01/2015
14 January 2015 Ms. Elizabeth Tan, UNHCR Regional Representative, met with the Governor of Marsa Matrouh, Major General Staff Officer Badr Tantawi Al Ghandour, OMDA and government officials in Marsa Matrouh and Salloum in the North Coast of Egypt, to extend UNHCR’s appreciation for the continued support the government has shown to the Salloum camp for over three years. During the visit to Salloum, Ms. Tan attended a ceremony at the Othman Ibn Affan public school, marking the handover of 200 school desks, as part of UNHCR’s support to the local community....
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Exhibition attempts to raise ‘Refugee Voices’
Daily News Egypt, 17/12/2014
In an attempt to offer a visual representation to the experiences that refugees in Egypt go through, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) organised a photography exhibition, entitled “Refugee Voices in Egypt: Refuge, Resilience and Exile”. The exhibition, which is hosted by El-Sawy Culturewheel, is a part of a series the UNHCR has been working on....
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