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.

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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. 

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