12-May-2016 00:02:30
UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl met today with Palestinian refugees living in and around the Yarmouk camp, in Syria. UNRWA
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1. Various shots, Krahenbuhl and students
2. SOUNDBITE: UNRWA Commissioner General Pierre Krähenbühl (English):
“One of you said that if education dies in Yarmouk it is Yarmouk that dies in a certain way. We want to make sure that we work together to keep education possibilities alive with all of our energy. Count on us that we will work very, very hard with everybody involved to keep these possibilities for you alive. We cannot as UNRWA, sadly, influence the political change that is needed but we can in the meantime work with you to keep the hope of education alive, to keep the basis for a better future for you alive.”
3. Wide shot, workers in UNRWA Elementary School Dallata Beit Jibrin in Qabr Essit
4. Med shot, worker on railing in school
5. Close up, worker carrying buckets in yard.
6. Wide shot, Krähenbühl in classroom.
7. Wide shot, Krähenbühl in classroom
8. Med shot, Krähenbühl with UNRWA engineer in classroom
9. Wide shot, workers in school yard
10. Med shot, Krähenbühl in outside school corridor
11. Close up, Krähenbühl in outside school corridor
12. Close up, kid being examined
13. Wide shot, people at a clinic
14. UPSOUND (Arabic) Old man from Yarmouk:
“I am from the camp. We are isolated by ISIS and al-Nusra. They are tightening everything around us. We are not allowed to bring food. We are not allowed to get cigarettes. The women must wear veils.”
15.Wide shot, ladies and babies from Yarmouk in Yalda
16. Med shot, UNRWA medical worker with young boy
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Pierre Krähenbühl, UNRWA Commissioner General:
“It is a really important to be here in Yalda and witness the work that UNRWA is doing in the heart of such an embattled and difficult part of Damascus. It’s a symbol of the work that the Agency does for Palestine refugees. Just a few hundred meters here on the side is Yarmouk Camp and we all know what the community has gone through, the suffering, the depravation and the destruction and the pain that has gone thorugh this community. And yet, every single day, through the work of our colleagues here, we remind the world that this is a community that deserves respect, that deserves protection and that deserves assistance.
18. Various shots, distribution of humanitarian aid
UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl met with Palestinian refugees living in and around the Yarmouk camp, in Syria.

In conversations with Palestine refugees, Mr. Krähenbühl heard first-hand accounts of the pain, despair and violence endured by refugees of all ages.

In the Sayyeda Zeinab neighborhood of Damascus, Palestine refugees who had survived a devastating double car-bomb attack on 21 February 2016 described their shock and profound sense of loss.

A cross-line field trip to Yalda allowed the Commissioner-General to meet with Palestine refugees from Yarmouk during distributions of food and hygiene materials, as well as medical consultations carried out by UNRWA. Many of the men, women and children present at the distribution live in Yarmouk camp itself and spoke of the ongoing extreme hardship and the many consequences of armed violence they are exposed to.

In meetings with Syrian officials Krähenbühl noted the improvements in the facilitation of humanitarian access to certain Palestine refugee communities. He called for steps to be taken to strengthen the protection of Palestine refugees and enable UNRWA to reach those most in need. He was encouraged by the indications he received that access will become possible to Khan Eshieh and Qudsaya.

In the midst of ongoing suffering faced by Palestine refugees in Syria, there are remarkable stories of hope. The Commissioner-General met with some 100 Palestinian boys and girls who had just exited Yarmouk camp to take their national exams.

In Sayyeda Zeinab, Krähenbühl visited an UNRWA school being rebuilt in what was once an embattled neighbourhood of the Syrian capital.

As steps are underway to try and resolve the wider Syria conflict, UNRWA staff in Damascus, Aleppo, Hama, Homs, Latakia and Dera'a are doing their utmost to provide crucial assistance and services to Palestine refugees.

On Monday 9th of May, UNRWA continued for a second week its humanitarian activities in Yalda, next to the besiege Yarmouk camp. Heavy fighting in Yarmouk in April 2016 had interrupted the Agency’s work in the area.

UNRWA’s mobile health team, composed of a medical officer, a nurse and a pharmacist, has treated 248 patients – including 80 women, 81 men and 87 children.
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