I was asked by the “Help Syria Through the Winter” people if they could use some of the photos I took in Syria for a campaign video. Well, why not?
This is the story:
PALESTINIAN-SYRIAN REFUGEES AT RISK IN JORDAN
Prior to the conflict in Syria, an estimated 500,000 Palestinian refugees lived there waiting to go back home to Palestine. Like the rest of the Syrian population, Palestinians have suffered from the violence in Syria and had to flee due to aerial bombardment and shelling of their refugee camps.
Like the rest of the Syrian population, Palestinian refugees started an exodus yet again to neighboring countries. With rare exceptions, Jordanian authorities at the Syrian border are routinely and unlawfully rejecting Palestinian refugees seeking asylum at its border with Syria. Additionally, the Jordanian government has deported Palestinian-Syrian refugees that have managed to enter Jordan. Such a policy violates the international law principle of nonrefoulement, which protects refugees from being returned to places where their lives or freedoms could be threatened. However, the Jordanian authorities are much more flexible toward Syrian refugees and grant them humanitarian services, whereas Palestinian-Syrian refugees are rarely eligible for such services.
The number of Palestine refugees from Syria in Jordan has now reached 11,000 — about half of them being children. They have no source of income. They are not allowed into established camps like Za’atari and lack therefore access to services and aid. In its Syria Regional 2014 Crisis Response , UNWRA expects the number to rise up to 20,000 Palestinian-Syrian refugees. These refugees are hiding their identity in Jordan in fear of being deported back to Syria.
“Help Syria Through the Winter”, with the support of the EuroMid Observer of Human Rights , is launching an international campaign to shed the light on the severe violations this vulnerable group of refugees is subjected to. Additionally this campaign aims at providing humanitarian aid and assistance in the form of food coupons to Palestinian-Syrians in Jordan.
Using international standards and guidance, World Food Program’s nutrition experts advise on appropriate food baskets for people facing hunger and the risk of malnutrition. A person needs a minimum of 1800 calories a day to survive properly. In Jordan, this means a food coupon of $40 per month in the winter.
Palestinian-Syrian refugees in Jordan are second and third time refugees. They have been ABUSED long enough. Stand by them.
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Here’s the video: