Turkey donates flour for poor refugees in Gaza

20 July 2011

20 July 2011

Flour distribution in GazaUNRWA has received a consignment of more than 6,000 tons of flour from the Republic of Turkey for refugees in Gaza. Distribution of the flour is currently underway and will help feed thousands of poor refugees in the Gaza Strip. This generous in-kind donation from Turkey comes at a critical time for UNRWA as the Agency is currently facing a worrying shortfall in funding for its essential food aid distribution to needy beneficiaries.

UNRWA distributes essential food commodities and cash subsidies to poor families in its five fields of operation in order to help alleviate poverty and hunger. Distribution of the Turkish contribution is expected to be completed over the coming month.

The Turkish government has been a steady supporter of UNRWA’s development and humanitarian work. Since 2000 Turkey has contributed almost US$ 9,000,000 to UNRWA programmes and projects. Moreover, UNRWA works in partnership with Turkish Red Crescent and a number of Turkish NGOs for the benefit of Palestine refugees.

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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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