“The soul of Aleppo is still there, and there is optimism and there is hope,” said Sajjad Malik, UNHCR Representative in Syria.
Survivors of fighting from East Aleppo are recovering amid harsh winter conditions, collective shelters of Jibreen, Aleppo.
Amidst destruction and damage to most of the city, they went to check on their homes, only to find their homes in ruins after years of fighting.
UNHCR staff enter the ancient city of Aleppo, a World Heritage Site since 1986.
Frontline humanitarian workers capture the heartache and hopes of the recently displaced.
Hamdiya almost gave up to a bitter choice for the sake of her children, until she was introduced to UNHCR’s legal aid programme.
The UNHCR’s livelihood toolkits contain essential elements. Carpenters, like Kamal, received an electric drill, hacksaws and other tools needed for their profession.
UNHCR reached 80,000 students with educational assistance so far in 2016, thanks to donors like Educate A Child, and implementing partners like PU (Premiere Urgence).
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency in Syria accelerates educational program supports students’ return to an interrupted education and acts as an effective deterrent mechanism from dropping out.
“There’s not a single family in Syria that hasn’t been affected by this crisis,” says Nour, a second-year college student who spends several hours a week working with displaced families as a UNHCR Outreach Volunteer.
“My hair and beauty salon is a proof that I exist.” Said Sherien, a 36-year-old woman with glittering that reflected her struggle as she shared her story of pain, despair and success.
“I feel I am living with my family here in Syria, I do not feel I am far from my homeland and people”, says Khalidah, 52 years-old Iraqi refugee who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in economics.