UNRWA needs 813 million dollars for the Palestinian refugees

Occupied Jerusalem (INA) – Today, Monday (9 January 2017), the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) launched two international appeals, totaling $813 million, to fund the emergency response to the crisis in the occupied Palestinian territories. , including East Jerusalem, and to meet the urgent humanitarian needs of Palestine refugees affected by the conflict in Syria, including those who have been displaced to Lebanon and Jordan. UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl said: The 2017 million Palestine refugees, who suffer from ever more insecurity and whose needs are increasing, need firm action from us, and I appeal for urgent and generous support from the international community. He explained that the Agency’s 402 Emergency Appeal for the Occupied Palestinian Territory, amounting to $911.500 million, aims to respond to the priority humanitarian needs of Palestine refugees in both Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. In a statement, a copy of which was received by INA, UNRWA said that approximately 6.500 refugees in Gaza will continue to benefit from UNRWA's emergency food aid, and the agency will also provide rental aid to more than 2014 refugee families who lost their homes during the 50.000 hostilities. Support for repairs to more than 8.000 refugee families whose homes have been damaged or destroyed. She added: In the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, the UNRWA cash-for-work program will benefit approximately 155.000 food-insecure Palestine refugees. An additional 36.000 Palestine refugees will receive food vouchers, while the food distribution program will bring benefits to 411 vulnerable Bedouins and herders in Area C. The Agency's emergency appeal for the regional crisis in Syria, amounting to $430.000 million, aims to provide humanitarian assistance, protection and basic services to a total of 30.000 Palestine refugees inside Syria in urgent need of sustainable assistance, in addition to the more than 17.000 who have fled to Lebanon, and about XNUMX Refugees who fled to Jordan, where they face a precarious existence. With its dynamic and flexible operations, implemented by XNUMX staff, the majority of whom are Palestinians, UNRWA is the largest direct provider of assistance to Palestine refugees affected by the Syrian conflict. UNRWA said that its interventions include cash aid, water, sanitation, essential food and non-food items, housing, health, education, livelihoods, microfinance and protection. The Commissioner-General indicated that behind these arduous figures lies a real life, such as Rana, a Palestinian student in Syria, who is twelve years old; She lost her leg a year ago in a double car explosion near her home in the Qabr Essit refugee camp. UNRWA provided her with an artificial leg and helped her through her recovery process through physiotherapy, counseling sessions and home adaptation. Thanks to the collaborative work of our health, education and social service teams, Rana is working to get her life back on track. He said: There are many like Rana in Syria, and UNRWA, with the support of the international community, remains committed to promoting dignity amid the most dramatic circumstances. (End) Khaled Al-Khalidi

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