• Fighting in May 2009 caused many residents of Mogadishu’s Karan District to flee to Wadajir and Dherkenley Districts. Most became internally displaced persons (IDPs) and were forced to live under deplorable conditions.

  • Microcredit programme pays Off

    A group of men sit outside a shop beside the main road of Wonduruba chatting and drinking cold beverages. A woman rummages through a small cooler and approaches them with another round. As she opens one of the bottles she cracks a joke that gets the crowd going.

  • Reviving Tomato Farming

    (Tartous- Syria) -Syria is considered to be one of top producers of Tomatoes in the world. Sitting at the 19th place right after Tunisia and before Portugal, Syria was producing up to 1,163,300 tons in 2008 per year and up keeping livelihoods of thousands of farmers across the country.

  • Emergency Employment for IDPs in Shelters

    Located on the Mediterranean coast, the governorate of Tartous is currently hosting 500,000 displaced persons from various neighboring governorates since the start of the crisis in Syria. While communities in Tartous have been welcoming, a significant burden on basic services has emerged leaving local hosts not fully capable of fulfilling the needs of the displaced persons who sometimes arrives with only the clothes they have on.

  • Addressing HIV/AIDS in the midst of a crisis

    At 450, the number of people living with HIV in Syria is small. But the stigma that surrounds HIV/AIDS is enormous. In an age of advanced medicine, including antiretroviral therapy, people living with HIV face greater difficulty coping with stigma and discrimination than they do maintaining their health, according to health experts in Syria. Stigmatization is particularly entrenched in the health sector

  • Valuable Lessons learned from the crisis, Hama

    The governorate of Hama was highly affected by the crisis given its proximity to highly contested areas in the north and central regions. It received at least 60,589 IDPs seeking refuge from ongoing hostilities, overstretching the basic and social services in the governorate and adding significant pressure on its resources.

  • Najwa, a mother effort to support her children

    Hama was amongst the few governorates that were affected early by the crisis. Given its proximity to highly contested areas in the north and central regions, Hama received at least 60,589 IDPs seeking refuge from the conflict. They are nonetheless adding significant pressure on limited available resources. This has led to an increase in unemployment and overstretching in the social services. UNDP in partnership with a local NGO initiated a project in Hama to provide job opportunities in the field of food preserving to a number of IDPs and host community members.

  • Deir-Ez-Zor: A glimpse of light

    Rural Damascus is witnessing fierce fighting; most areas previously considered as peaceful are now totally destroyed. Most residents were forced to relocate to safer areas.

  • As-Salamyia: The desire to live with dignity

    Rural Damascus is witnessing fierce fighting; most areas previously considered as peaceful are now totally destroyed. Most residents were forced to relocate to safer areas.

  • Hama: Saving the Pine forests

    The citizens of Aleppo suffered enormous losses during the Syrian crisis, especially those who were living in besieged areas with no access to basic services like water, food or electricity. The devastating conditions have forced many residents to leave their homes and properties seeking safer havens in other governorates.

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