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  • Aleppo: Abd Al Hadi learns to walk again

    Abd Al-Hadi, or ‘the hero’ as he likes to be called, is a 14 year old elementary school student from Aleppo, in northern Syria. Since conflict broke out in Syria in 2011, Abd Al-Hadi and his family have been forced to flee their home several times, seeking safer places to live within Aleppo Governorate.

  • Eid Gather Us

    Syria is historically known for its diverse society and unique cohesion in its social fabric and high level of tolerance among its inhabitants of different religious affiliations and diverse ethnic backgrounds.

  • A journey of Resilience

    Hunger and siege have suffocated us” said Seham Al-Ali; a mother of five children who was forced to flee twice in a row from the devastating conditions in Aleppo, first to Menbej, then to Tartous governorate where she found in Al-Karnak shelter the safe haven for her family.

  • Tartous: Growing mushrooms to enhance livelihoods

    Since the start of the Syria crisis, Tartous has been one the most stable governorate and is thus a natural refuge for IDPs escaping nearby conflict areas. It is a home to approximately 452,000 IDPs who came mostly from Homs, Hama, Idleb, Aleppo, Ar-Raqqa, and Deir-Ez-Zor and reside in rented apartments and shelters.

  • Homs: When there is a will, there is a way

    “I sweep the floor to help my family” said Ramez, a 24 year old young man who suffers from Down syndrome. He left his house in Bab Al-Sbaa’ neighborhood in Homs and moved to a shelter in Abdul-Muhaimen Abbas School.

  • Resilience in spite of the tragedy, Homs

    “I can’t prevent myself from crying when I remember what we’ve been through. Life was not fair with me and our situation was very bad” Said Noha; a 52 years old mother who lost her husband and son during the crisis while wiping her tears.

  • Mohammad, from depression to a new life ambition

    Homs Governorate has experienced fierce hostilities since the beginning of the crisis, which resulted in massive damage to buildings and infrastructure, and significant reduction in the delivery of basic and social services. Approximately 699,000 people from host families, returnees, IDPs and local communities are in need for humanitarian assistance. Many of the local residents have suffered from significant losses in their livelihoods due to destruction and vandalism of factories and stores especially in the commercial center of Homs. This has further exacerbated unemployment rate.

  • Hanan Al-Ghareeb: A Housewife effort to educate her children

    Hama was amongst the few governorates that were affected early by the crisis. Given its proximity to highly contested areas in the north and central regions, Hama received at least 60,589 IDPs seeking refuge from the conflict.

  • Valuable Lessons learned from the crisis, Hama

    The governorate of Hama was highly affected by the crisis given its proximity to highly contested areas in the north and central regions. It received at least 60,589 IDPs seeking refuge from ongoing hostilities, overstretching the basic and social services in the governorate and adding significant pressure on its resources.

  • Najwa, a mother effort to support her children

    Hama was amongst the few governorates that were affected early by the crisis. Given its proximity to highly contested areas in the north and central regions, Hama received at least 60,589 IDPs seeking refuge from the conflict. They are nonetheless adding significant pressure on limited available resources. This has led to an increase in unemployment and overstretching in the social services. UNDP in partnership with a local NGO initiated a project in Hama to provide job opportunities in the field of food preserving to a number of IDPs and host community members.

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