A Letter from Shahed, the 14-Year Old Palestinian Refugee from Syria

Human Wrongs Watch

Dear Supporter,

My name is Shahed.  I am a Palestine refugee from Syria.  I am 14 years old.  I was born and grew up in Yarmouk refugee camp and attended UNRWA schools.




Seven years ago today, my life changed forever with the start of the war in Syria.  I was only 7 years old when my home in Yarmouk was bombed.

After the bombing, we couldn’t leave the camp.  There was no water, no food, and no shelter.

During these difficult times, with the support of UNRWA, I continued to go to school.

When I was 9 years old, my father died. When I was 13, the reality of war forced my family to leave Syria and we became refugees once again in France.

In France, I had no issues integrating into my new school.  My education at UNRWA schools in Syria prepared me to take on new challenges.  I am doing well at school and one day, I hope to become a pharmacist.

Like many Palestine refugees in Syria, education has given me hope and dignity over the past seven years.

Supporter, as supporter of UNRWA, I am asking you to share my story (Shahed’s Journey) with your friends and colleagues and ask them to Join the #DignityIsPriceless campaign at www.unrwa.org/join, or share my story with a friend or colleague.

Help me let the world know the positive impact that UNRWA schools have for kids like me.

Thank you for everything you do.



Shahed’s Journey – 7th anniversary of the war in Syria



2018 Human Wrongs Watch




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