Along with nearly 40,000 people from different nationalities, Salam, an 8 year old refugee participated in the Beirut International Marathon in November under the theme “running for peace and love”.
In response to WFP food cuts for Syrian refugees, Andy Baker who heads up Oxfam's response to the Syria crisis said: "Millions of Syrians have left their country to flee war, death and destruction. It is unthinkable to leave them hungry. Rich countries must step up and support the World Food Program."
Lack of fuel to cook food was one of the greatest challenges facing the people housed at the United Nations camp in Juba, South Sudan before February 2014. This has all changed since we started to provide fuel efficient stoves and charcoal.
Oxfam welcomes the importance placed in Berlin on assisting neighbouring countries, but words alone are not enough.
As the Berlin conference on the Syrian refugee situation concludes, Andy Baker, who leads Oxfam's response to the Syria crisis, said:
As winter approaches, hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees living in makeshift camps in Lebanon are facing freezing weather and struggling to survive the storm.
Ibrahim, 43, his wife Afaf, 37 and their 14 year-old son Abd have been living in one of the classrooms in a disused kindergarten in the UN-run Palestinian refugee camp of Burj Barajneh, in the suburb of Beirut, since they arrived from Syria nearly two years ago.
Ghossoun, 38, a school teacher, remembers her family’s escape from Syria, sitting on a mattress in Jordan, where they took refuge a year and a half ago.
The sheer scale of the crisis in Syria demands specific and increased commitments from the international community to help alleviate the suffering.
Western and other rich countries should step up their efforts to resettle Syrian refugees, Oxfam said today after the number registered with UNHCR reached three million.