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Health Team Vaccinates 17,000 Children Against Polio

Posted by IRD HQ

Following IRD’s seventh polio vaccination campaign, UNHCR reports that 96 percent of girls and 99 percent of boys under age 5 in the Za’atari refugee camp have received polio vaccinations. In just five days, IRD health workers passed their goal of immunizing the 16,000 children throughout the camp. Due to outbreaks of the devastating disease worldwide, the... more

Filed Under: Civil Society, Health & Hygiene, Jobs, Refugees, Women & Gender, Middle East & North Africa, Jordan, Syria

IRD Communal Kitchens in Syrian Refugee Camps Across Jordan

Posted by IRD HQ

“My parents’ house was bombed yesterday and their home destroyed,” says Wisal, 35, a Syrian refugee who has been living in King Abdullah Park Refugee Camp on the outskirts of Irbid, Jordan, for nearly three years. Wisal and her family of eight are part of a close-knit community of 700 refugees who live in the camp. Wisal is preparing lunch for her family in... more

Filed Under: Civil Society, Jobs, Refugees, Women & Gender, Middle East & North Africa, Jordan, Syria

Distributions Aid Thousands of Refugees, IDPs in Yemen

Posted by IRD HQ

Yemen hosts over 240,000 refugees from Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Iraq, including over 65,000 new arrivals in 2013. In addition, conflicts in the north and south have resulted in over 300,000 internally displaced persons. Beyond the normal struggles faced by refugees and IDPs, Yemen’s political instability, poor security, high unemployment, and inflation... more

Filed Under: Emergency Response, Refugees, Youth, Middle East & North Africa, Yemen

A Healthy Future for Baby Abed

Posted by Noelle Wright

Zuhair Mohammad married his wife Baraa Al-Mohammad in a village near Aleppo, Syria. They dreamed of raising a beautiful family together. Zuhair worked as a tailor while he and his wife continued their high school education. Their lives were very happy, a happiness that grew with the birth of their first child, Abed Al-Rahman Al-Mohammad. However, Abed was born prematurel... more

Filed Under: Emergency Response, Health & Hygiene, Youth, Middle East & North Africa, Jordan, Syria

Together We Will Make a More Beautiful Future

Posted by Noelle Wright

“No one saw the crying women, suffering children, or the depths of the wounds. We use art to show these things to the world,” explains Mahmoud, 24, who lives in Za’atari refugee camp. Before seeking refuge in Jordan, Mahmoud used to display his artwork in his hometown of Dara’a, Syria. He says, “Art is the language I speak.” At a local gallery in Amman, IRD... more

Filed Under: Civil Society, Refugees, Youth, Middle East & North Africa, Jordan