French Ambassador to Syria visits Yarmouk Camp

30 June 2010


Ambassador of FranceThe Ambassador of France to Syria, HE Mr Eric Chevallier, visited Yarmouk Palestine refugee camp yesterday. Mr Chevallier toured the al-Jalil health centre and met with beneficiaries of UNRWA’s microfinance programme as well as staff and beneficiaries at Yarmouk Community Development Centre B.

The visit concluded with friendly football matches at Yarmouk Stadium between a number of Palestinian refugees from Yarmouk, and French Embassy and UNRWA staff.

Chevallier reaffirmed his government’s support and promised to continue working with UNRWA in ensuring services and aid for Palestinian refugees. 

UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, provides education, healthcare, relief and social services, and micro-credit services to over 470,000 Palestine refugees in Syria. 

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Background Information

UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions, and financial support has not kept pace with an increased demand for services caused by growing numbers of registered refugees, deepening poverty and conflict. As a result, the UNRWA General Fund, which supports core essential services and most staffing costs, operates with a large deficit. UNRWA emergency programmes and key projects, also operating with large deficits, are funded through separate funding portals. 

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and mandated to provide assistance and protection to some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip achieve their full human development potential, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, and microfinance.

For more information, please contact:

Hala Mukhles
Public Information Officer - Syria Field Office
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