Gazan children create art to show support for Japanese people

25 August 2011

25 August 2011

Commissioner-General Filippo Grandi is received by Japan‘s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Takeaki Matsumoto, in Tokyo. The Commissioner-General presented the Foreign Minister with drawings from children in the Gaza Strip in support and solidarity with the people of Japan following the tragic earthquake and tsunami of March this year.

Background Information

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

Financial support to UNRWA has not kept pace with an increased demand for services caused by growing numbers of registered refugees, expanding need, and deepening poverty. As a result, the Agency's General Fund (GF), supporting UNRWA’s core activities and 97 per cent reliant on voluntary contributions, has begun each year with a large projected deficit. Currently the deficit stands at more than US$ 106  million.

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