We drove from Beirut up to Arsal this morning to talk with refugees fleeing the latest offensive in Qalamoun, Syria. Women and men lined up separately to get information and basic supplies like blankets and cooking stoves from UNHCR and other organizations such as the Danish Refugee Council. It was cold in the shade
We visited Za’atari camp in Jordan on September 30, 2012, during a dust storm. This is how the place looked — and why Syrians wanted so badly to live not in tents but in containers.
Diary from the field: Tunisia
UNHCR’s Andrew Purvis is on the Libyan border, gathering reports about what is going on inside Libya and what is happening with the people who have already fled.
The wind blew most of the day, sand everywhere, in your eyes, in your food.. I’ve discovered local almonds, very fresh. The humanitarian workers here are running on fumes, building camps, latrines, water, recording personal histories, counseling, trying to