Saudi Arabia donates ten tonnes of dates to Palestine refugees in Lebanon

20 July 2012

20 July 2012

In preparation for the upcoming month of Ramadan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has donated ten tonnes of dates to UNRWA for distribution to Palestine refugees living in Lebanon.

The food was officially handed over at the Saudi embassy in Beirut in the presence of His Excellency Mr. Ali Awad Osseiri, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Lebanon, His Excellency Mr. Ashraf Dabbour, Ambassador of Palestine to Lebanon, and Mr. Robert Hurt, the acting director of UNRWA affairs in Lebanon.

Saudi Arabia is a longstanding supporter of Palestine refugees in Lebanon, having pledged USD 35 million for the reconstruction of Nahr el-Bared camp in the north of the country. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was UNRWA‘s third-largest donor in 2011.

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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.

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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