Acting Commissioner-General of UNRWA Christian Saunders has called on the international community to continue supporting and protecting the refugee agency.
“At this time, it is vital for the international community to support UNRWA and the assistance and protection it provides,” Saunders said in press remarks following his new appointment on Wednesday. “UNRWA management and staff are committed to ensuring that the crucial work performed by the agency in the areas of education, health, relief and social services and microfinance continue uninterrupted,” he added. “I first came to UNRWA 30 years ago as a young professional working in Gaza during the first intifada in 1989. I am honored to have been given the opportunity to lead the agency through this challenging period,” he underlined.