« Home | Kurds 'terror group' riots in Ein Al-Arab » | International pressure group forces Syrian governm... » | UN: Hizbollah should join the Lebanese Army » | The cost of the demonstrations: $3 billion » | Syria requests British extremist's extradition » | Extremist leader Omar Bakri arrested in Beirut. » | Iran: America's latest piece of meat » | Trucks stranded at Syrian border - with Iraq » | CIA knows who carried out the 1983 US Marines bomb... » | Khiam prisoners return to their prison to protest ... » 

Friday, August 19, 2005 

Improving life for Syria's Palestinian refugees

Palestinians in Syria suffer. 50 students per classroom. Ghettos of packed temporary housing on the outskirts of Syria's major cities.

But they fare better than Palestinians in other Arab countries. The refugee camps in Damascus are the most well funded and largest in the world. Palestinians also have Syrian nationality, and the right to work, unlike in neighbouring Lebanon.

But they are still refugee camps. So UNRWA - the UN agency which provides health and education for the refugees - and GAPAR, the Syrian government agency responsible for the refugees want to improve their lives. They want to make the camps self-sufficient within 5 years.

The agencies want to allow the communities to support themselves, backed up by the security net of government and UNRWA support.

One of the first projects was to move 25,000 people (5000 families) who've been living in military barracks in Aleppo. They've been moved to the Ein Al-Tal camp nearby, into newly built flats. In the barracks, five families lived together, with appaling hygine and no sewage or ventilation systems. They also lacked drinking water.

Another 300 families (1500 people) will be transferred next year.

Syria is host to 400,000 official Palestinian refugees, and UNRWA provides free education in 115 schools. Most Palestinians in Syria fled from Palestine when they were ethnically cleansed in 1948 from their homes in Haifa and Jaffa on the coast of what is now Israel.

Links to this post

Create a Link

About me

  • Written by sasa
  • From Damascus, Syria
  • From Damascus to London via Beirut. Based in and out of the central Damascene hamlet of Saroujah. News and feelings from the streets every day. I'm talking rubbish? Leave a comment. Welcome to the information democracy. See below for info about this site.
My profile

Syria News Wire discussion

Syria News Wire - the most comprehensive source of Syrian news on the web

  • The Syria News Wire now provides news for Cafe-Syria. To find out how to get exclusive Syrian news for your site, click here.

Get Syria News Wire EMAIL UPDATES

  • the important stuff: you can cancel any time, your email address wont be used for anything except Syria News Wire updates - this is an ad-free site
  • Enter your email address below to subscribe to The Syria News Wire...