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  • 10:47 - 20 November 2017

UNRWA asks for funding to aid Palestinian refugees

 Gaza,(DRAH.ps)--  United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has asked the international community for financial support for its programs in Jordan and across the region.

 Commissioner General Pierre Krahenbuhl on Monday called on governments and donors to provide funding in order to ''keep on supporting UNRWA in completing its mission'', highlighting that the agency is still lacking 77 million dollars to complete the activities planned for this year. ''After this meeting, I expect our members to come forward with additional support, as it is vital to continue improving the situation of the Palestinian refugees, and we cannot accomplish our mission without them'', Krahenbuhl stated during a press conference on the sidelines of an international conference on scientific innovation in the Dead Sea.

 ''I have spoken to the refugees, and they all told me the same thing. They complain that this is not enough, that the situation is not improving - I do acknowledge that, and thus I want to take the opportunity here to remind everyone that the refugees shall not be forgotten, and it is our responsibility to stand together to ensure their well-being'', said the official. The agency, created after the 1948 Arab-Israeli war to provide shelter, food and medical assistance to millions of Palestinian refugees who fled to neighboring countries, has been suffering from a severe financial crisis since last year.

 UNRWA runs a total of 13 refugee camps in Jordan, providing education and health care, but its services have dwindled to 5% of its original mandate as a result of declining international support and the rising number of refugees.

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