Syria Crisis – United Nations Response 1 June 2016

Refugee children are five times more likely to be out of school than others

A new policy paper, ‘No more excuses’, jointly released by the UNESCO Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report and UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on 20 May, ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit, reveals new data showing that only 50% of refugee children are in primary school and 25% of refugee adolescents are in secondary school. The paper calls for countries and their humanitarian and development partners to ensure urgently that those forcibly displaced are included in national education plans and to collect better data to monitor their education status and progress. On Syria, the paper says that based on available data concerning displaced persons outside refugee camps, only 53% of school-aged Syrian refugees in Jordan and 30% in Turkey are enrolled in school.

UNRWA deplores increased violence in Khan Eshieh camp

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) expressed grave concern over the hostilities in Khan Eshieh camp, which were imperilling the lives and safety of the camp’s residents, it said in a statement on May 30. It also strongly condemned the killing of six year-old Ahmad Zuheir Suleiman T’uheimr, a Palestine refugee in Khan Eshieh camp in southern rural Damascus on 27 May.

UNRWA receiving only half of its requirements for Syria

Speaking to the UNRWA Advisory Commission meeting on 30 May 2016, the Commissioner-General, Pierre Krähenbühl, said while the core financial shortfall is improving, the same cannot be said for the Syria emergency and the appeal for the occupied Palestinian territory. He said that despite being one of the most effective humanitarian actors in the region, UNRWA continues to receive only half of its requirements in the case of Syria.