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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In Jordan, a thirteen-year-old Syrian refugee talks about how his thoughts have never left home

By Toby Fricker Meet Bashir, a 13-year-old Syrian boy whose home, for the past seven months, has been Za’atari refugee camp, Jordan. ZA’ATARI, Jordan, 15 March 2013 – Bashir and his family fled their home in Deraa, southern Syrian Arab Republic, seven months ago. But, ever since that day, when the shelling became too intense […]

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At a camp on the Syrian–Turkish border, talk of the past and present – and the future

By Patrick Wells Residents of Bab Al Salama camp on the Syrian–Turkish border talk about the past and present – and wonder about their futures. BAB AL SALAMA, Syrian Arab Republic, 23 April 2013 – Last November, Bassam Guan, a 35-year-old father of four, left for work at a freezer plant in his hometown of […]

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Burned in an attack and now in exile in Lebanon, Adnan is one of the children at the heart of the Syrian crisis

By Souleyma Mardam Bey Four-year-old Adnan will never forget the two minutes when his entire world was turned upside down. The flames destroying his home in the Syrian Arab Republic also ruined his childhood. He escaped two months ago with his family and found shelter in north Lebanon, where they live in abject poverty. While […]

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