Palestine refugees in Syria welcome Palestinian Authority's contribution of food and medical aid

13 August 2012

13 August 2012
Damascus, Syria

A convoy of food and medical aid, organised by the Palestinian Authority to support Palestine refugees, arrived in Damascus on 8 August. The 17-truck convoy carried 360 tonnes of flour, rice, sugar, lentils, chickpeas, pasta and medicines, worth USD 650,000. The aid was donated by Palestinian companies, businesspeople, and individuals during the charitable month of Ramadan. The Palestinian Authority co-ordinated the shipment with Jordanian and Syrian authorities, including the General Authority for Palestine Arab Refugees (GAPAR).

The much-needed in-kind contribution, received by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) at its warehouses on 9 August, will be distributed to 2400 Palestinian refugee families affected by the events in Syria.

Joined by the representative of the Palestine Liberation Organisation to Syria, Ambassador Mahmoud al-Khaldi and Mr. Ali Mustafa, Director-General of GAPAR, the Director of UNRWA Affairs in Syria, Mr. Michael Kingsley-Nyinah, thanked the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian people for their support and generosity towards Palestine refugees in Syria.

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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.

For further information please contact:

Hala Mukhles
Mobile: + 963 (0)940 888103
Email: h.mukhles@unrwa.org

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 US$ 56 million.

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