126,000 Palestine refugees in Syria are identified as extremely vulnerable; 89% live in poverty; 91% live in extreme poverty. Photo credit: Anadolu
Activists have sounded distress signals over the deteriorating condition of Palestinian refugee Shadi Qablawi, who, like hundreds of other refugees, was displaced from his home in Yarmouk refugee camp.
According to human rights sources, Shadi is now left without a roof over his head in Sidi Miqdad area, in Rif Dimashq province.
Shadi had lost his mother. His father left war-torn Syria. He lived with his grandmother, before the latter passed away.
The refugee survived the crippling blockade imposed on Yarmouk camp, before he was forced to flee the area and seek shelter elsewhere.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said in its 2020 Syria regional crisis emergency appeal that 126,000 Palestine refugees in Syria (PRS) are identified as extremely vulnerable; 89% live in poverty; 91% live in extreme poverty; and 80% rely on UNRWA cash assistance as their main source of income.
UNRWA also said that 55% of PRS do not possess valid legal residency documents; 100% of PRS are in need of winterization assistance; and 86% of PRS households are reported to be in debt.
40% of PRS are internally displaced inside Syria, whom UNRWA estimates to remain displaced through 2020.