Significant Impact of US Funding Cuts on the Daily Lives of Millions of Vulnerable Palestine Refugees


Human Wrongs Watch

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) on 22 January 2018 launched a global fundraising campaign to sustain resources for its education, health and other assistance programmes.

Pierre Krähenbühl, the Commissioner-General of UNRWA, speaks at the launch of the fundraising campaign. UNRWA Photo by Khalil Adwan

The campaign follows the announcement by the United States to withhold more than half its funding commitment to the UN agency.

“I wish to confirm to all Palestine refugees that UNRWA schools […] will remain open [and] health care, and other services will be provided. It is a huge challenge, but it is absolutely imperative,” Pierre Krähenbühl, the Commissioner-General of UNRWA, said in Gaza, launching the campaign, ‘#DignityIsPriceless’.

The UN agency said the reduction in US funding could have a significant impact on the daily lives of millions of vulnerable Palestine refugees across Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, and the West Bank including East Jerusalem.

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Beneficiaries queue for food assistance at the UNRWA distribution centre in Sahnaya, Damascus in Syria. Photo: UNRWA

It added that basic education for 525,000 boys and girls at over 700 UNRWA schools; emergency food and cash assistance to 1.7 million Palestine refugees; access to primary health care for 3 million refugees, including pre-natal care; and dignity and human security for 5.3 million refugees, have been endangered as result of the limited funding.

The UNRWA chief underscored that the agency’s mandate is “firmly protected” in a UN General Assembly resolution and called on “all people of good will, all institutions, members of the Palestinian diaspora, private companies, and foundations” to extend their support to the campaign. (SOURCE: UN).

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UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) press conference

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