It’s not home but for Syrian refugees in Jordan, Ramadan traditions live on

Za’atari camp, northern Jordan, August 7 2013: Outside Ibrahim’s caravan his children are playing inside a small metal boat.

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Mahmoud Kabil visited Domiz refugee camp in northern Iraq

Last month, UNICEF Regional Goodwill Ambassador Mahmoud Kabil visited Domiz refugee camp in northern Iraq, home to some 50,000 refugees from war-torn Syria. This is his account: It’s always a bit heart-breaking meeting people who’ve been displaced by war. Looking back on my time as UNICEF’s Regional Goodwill Ambassador, I have vivid memories of missions […]

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Hygiene promotion campaign in Tartous shelters

Hygiene promotion campaign aims to improve health of thousands of displaced children and families in Tartous shelters by David Youngmeyer. With support from European Commission – Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection (ECHO) UNICEF has kicked off a campaign to reach thousands of displaced children and parents in Tartous with hygiene promotion messages. The campaign is to […]

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Pau Gasol reaches Syrian children in Domiz refugee camp

 by Wendy Bruere (@wjbruere) Tolin, 12, might not have known who NBA player Pau Gasol was before last week, but she has been playing basketball nearly everyday this summer at Domiz refugee camp, where she now lives in northern Iraq.

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Pau Gasol visits Domiz refugee camp in Iraq

Two-time NBA champion and UNICEF Spain Ambassador Pau Gasol has returned from a visit to Domiz refugee camp, Iraq, where he met with Syrian refugee children. DOMIZ CAMP, Iraq, 30 July 2013 – Two-time NBA champion Lakers player and UNICEF Spain Ambassador since 2003 Pau Gasol has returned today from visiting Domiz, a refugee camp […]

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Za’atari tent number one, a year on

Za’atari, JORDAN, 29 July 2013 – When Omar* arrived with his wife and 8 children at Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp they thought it would be for a few months. They are still there 12-months later. “I never imagined we would still be here. Right behind my house was the border of the camp, past that […]

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Hanadi’s story: Being young, female and a refugee

By Toby Fricker  Za’atari, Jordan, 18 July 2013 – When the war came to their doorstep, 17-year old Hanadi and her family fled their home in Damascus. For one year they moved across Syria to escape the violence. Three months ago they finally crossed the border to safety in Jordan. With it came an overwhelming […]

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One Ramadan night in Za’atari

By Najwa Mekki  Za’atari, JORDAN, 18 July 2013 – It was a long night, my first at the camp. With a few colleagues we wanted to know more about how Syrian families, and children in particular, are spending Ramadan, a time of family gatherings and reunions. Hard to believe that a year ago, this bustling […]

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Syrian field diary: Child witnesses to death and bloodshed

By Juliette Touma  A humanitarian worker returns to Damascus after a year to find a situation of desperate suffering. DAMASCUS, Syrian Arab Republic, 24 July 2013 – I first went to the Syrian Arab Republic in the summer of 2012 with the United Nations Supervision Mission (UNSMIS). Even as fighting between Government forces and the […]

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In Turkey, teachers learn how to work better with their Syrian refugee pupils

  By Tulay Guler Syrian volunteer teachers – men and women, old and young – participate in a teacher training session to learn how to work best with their pupils in Turkey’s camps for Syrian refugees. ISKENDERUN, Turkey, 11 July 2013 – In a large training room, an instructor asks a group of 200 people […]

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In Domiz refugee camp, Iraq, a Syrian family makes the best of a terrible situation

By David Morley President and CEO of UNICEF Canada David Morley visits with a Syrian refugee family at Domiz camp, Iraq. DOMIZ CAMP, Iraq, 5 July 2013 – “In Syria,” Mahmoud said, his eyes watering with the memory, “we lived like kings and queens.” And then he fell silent. 

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Embracing the everyday, dreaming of the future

By Toby Fricker For Syrian refugees in Jordan, the routines of everyday life help heal the past and build hope for the future. ZA’ATARI CAMP, Jordan, 3 July 2013 – As the sun rises upon the vast desert surrounding Za’atari camp, people wake to another intensely hot summer day. It is the second-largest refugee camp […]

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