UN_Loan_initiative27 February 2012 – Thousands of young Palestinians will receive access to financial loans to support their new businesses through a United Nations-backed initiative announced today, which seeks to stimulate the creation of new jobs in the Middle East.The “Mubadarati” loan programme will be carried out by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in collaboration with Silatech, a social enterprise company that focuses on creating opportunities for youth in the Arab world.

lebanon_unrwaThe lobby at the Directorate General of Political and Refugee affairs was empty on Friday morning. Tucked onto a side street behind a statue of Lebanon’s first president, Bechara al-Khoury, the office is responsible for processing civil status documents (such as registering births, deaths, marriages and divorces, among other things) for Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon.

Lebanon_naturalisationBEIRUT: Former President and current Kataeb leader Amin Gemayel said Lebanon’s government should not naturalize some 7,000 Syrian refugees in the country and be sure to maintain an accurate count of those escaping violence in Syria, according to Gemayel’s press office.

Young_refugee_in_LebanonDawn breaks in Saida city in the south of Lebanon. Abdullah rises from his bed hastily and gets ready for another day at work. He gives his son of six years a kiss, then heads to the city square where he catches a bus to Beirut.
Abdullah Abu Na’aaj, 35, still remembers the day he was hired at the American University Medical Centre in Beirut 15 years ago. He felt that his life had begun anew.

AshtonOrganized by UNRWA in cooperation with the EU and the Government of Belgium, Palais Egmont
March 19, It's a great privilege to be here and have the opportunity to meet with some of the young Palestine refugee representatives. It's not only a chance for us to meet together, but also for the Palestine young representatives to meet with each other. I don't under estimate the sense of optimism in this room, but am aware of how difficult this occasion is as they come together for one of the very few occasions where this is possible.

Girls_irbid_refugee_campAt Irbid refugee camp, the schools run on double shifts and nurture one key aspiration: a Palestinian homelandThere has been a girls' school at Irbid refugee camp in northern Jordan since 1952.