Situation
2021

The Syria crisis will marked its tenth anniversary in March 2021 and remains, by some distance, the largest refugee crisis in the world. Today, the five main refugee hosting countries – Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt – continue to generously host over 5.5 million refugees, while also contending with increasing needs among host communities and larger swathes of their population due to the multiple, overlapping crises.

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What is the 3RP (Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan), how does it work, who is involved, and why is it needed?

PORTRAITS
2021

Insight into the situation of Syrian refugees from the region. Want to learn more or share over Social Media? Have a look at the 3RP Trello board containing this content and more.

KENAN
Syrian Refugee

Kenan arrived to Jordan in 2013 when he was 27 years old. His university study was interrupted because of war. Kenan’s family suffered from a very bad financial condition, the reason why he could not manage to join any university in Jordan. He received the DAFI scholarship in 2017 and started his journey in Media. Today, he is about to graduate and trying to find a good opportunity for a Masters scholarship to finish his higher studies.

Kenan: “I would like to thank donors who support refugee education. Reviving hope in a person’s soul to pursue their passion is a great thing Creativity creates from the womb of suffering, so I hope you will continue to support students to be able in the future to rebuild their homelands.

I wish to become a lecturer in the university to teach students. It is best for you to learn and benefit people what you learn. I cannot imagine my life without the scholarship, but it would have been very difficult.”

Photo / Story by UNHCR

Khaled, Leen, and their children
Palestinian refugee from Syria / Syrian refugees

When Khaled, a Palestinian refugee from Syria, fled with his wife Leen and family from Syria to Jordan in 2013, he was forced to leave his home, his friends, and life as he knew it behind.

Like many other PRS, Khaled fled to Jordan with no savings; he had only 200 JOD (282.09 US$) to start a new life. The family lost their home in Syria after it was demolished by an airstrike.

After settling down in Jordan, Khaled tried obtaining birth certificates for his children. His attempt failed, as they confirmed that such documents must be issued in Syria and not in Jordan. Frustration prevailed over the family. As days passed, Khaled’s children were growing up without any documents and therefore were not able to enroll in school. Thanks to support from UNRWA, the family finally received the much needed birth certificates.

“I am feeling so happy that I’m finally enrolled in school and able to learn. I want to be a policeman in the future to support people in need,” said Khaled’s son Ali (9) happily.

Photo / Story by UNRWA

SHOOROOK
Syrian Refugee

Photo of Shoorook collecting fire wood to keep her family warm during a harsh winter storm in Lebanon.

Displaced refugees from Syria living in flimsy tents at high altitudes have been struggling to cope – and even survive – as winter brings unrelenting freezing winds, heavy rains, and snow to Lebanon. The situation of Syrian refugees in Lebanon has been deteriorating for years, but this year’s findings are a dramatic indication of how difficult it has become for them to make it through another day. Nine out of 10 Syrian refugee families in Lebanon are living in extreme poverty.

Photo / Story by UNHCR

ALI
Syrian Refugee

Ali, an elderly Syrian refugee, had to flee Syria 10 years ago with his wife. He is struggling to move economically forward. Winter and COVID-19 don’t make it easy for him and his family.

Photo / Story by UNHCR

NIZAR
Syrian Refugee

Nizar, has lived in Amman, Jordan, since 2015. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic he never received any assistance, instead providing for his family through work as a construction worker. Since March 2020, however, he says he has barely been able to find 10 days a month of work compared to the 25 he was working before. As a daily worker on minimum wage this has had a devastating impact as he had no safety net to fall back on. In December 2020, he received emergency COVID-19 cash assistance from UNHCR which helped him pay his rent and cover some debts.

Photo / Story by UNHCR

TUNIS
Syrian Refugee

Tunis, 21, fled Syria when her home was bombed, leaving her and her family homeless and afraid of death. Along with her family, Tunis fled to Jordan in 2016.

Tunis recently graduated from Tawjihi (secondary education) after 3 years of having a gap in her studies.  Her grades were excellent and she received 88.2 % in the scientific field. She applied for Edu-Syria scholarship to study medical laboratories and was accepted at Zarqa university.

She chose to study this field because she used to be very interested in the medical field since the Syrian war and her witnesses of the injured. Tunis is eager to continue a post-graduate degree in blood science. She wishes that one day she makes a difference in the world generally, and to contribute in rebuilding her home country Syria.

Photo / Story by UNHCR

MUNEEB
Syrian Refugee

Muneeb, 19, fled Syria in 2013 fearing the instability and continuous bombing in his home country. Muneeb’s house was during the conflict and he had no choice but to flee. Her arrived in Jordan’s Zatari camp in 2013 along with his family, where they first settled for six months. Later, they moved, eventually settling in Azraq camp.

Muneeb recently graduated from Tawjihi (secondary education), where he scored 97.5 % while studying science. His grades were excellent. He applied for Edu-Syria scholarship, Pharmacy major, and was accepted at Zarqa university.

He always had a dream to work as a doctor or something in the medical field, fortunately he was accepted to study pharmacy. He wishes that one day he can contribute in rebuilding his home country Syria.

Photo / Story by UNHCR

MANAR
Syrian Refugee

Four-year-old Syrian refugee, Manar, and her mother Fahima, 35, play outside their home in Beirut. The family, from Aleppo, lost a son who was Manar’s age during the war. Those wounds were reopened by the Beirut blast.

In Lebanon’s capital Beirut, thousands of injured, displaced and traumatised children are dealing with the aftermath of the city’s port explosion. On 4 August 2020 at least 200 people were killed and thousands injured when 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored unsafely in a port warehouse detonated. 3RP partners referred Manar to a psychologist at one of the mental health centres run by the Makhzoumi Foundation. Manar’s mother and her psychologist agree that the sessions have had a positive impact on her post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), using methods including breathing, painting, playing and clay work.

Photo / Story by UNHCR

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