UAE Red Crescent to send food for Gaza flood victims

29 January 2010

29 January 2009


The United Arab Emirates Red Crescent (UAERC) yesterday despatched to Gaza a convoy of sugar and flour worth 2 million dirhams (approximately $540,000), in an operation coordinated between the UAERC, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), and the Egyptian Red Crescent (ERC).

The UAERC was responding to an urgent appeal by the UN Agency for food to ease the plight of the refugees of Gaza. Residents of the Strip are currently suffering from the effects of a long-term economic blockade, and more recently contended with floods which devastated parts of the region.

The first instalment of the 43-truck convoy left Cairo yesterday carrying hundreds of tons of flour and sugar. The remaining items will reach Gaza on Sunday.

UNRWA’s newly appointed Commissioner-General, Filippo Grandi, thanked the UAERC and the ERC, saying: “This latest donation exemplifies the consistent support which the UAERC regularly gives to our relief operations in Gaza and elsewhere. We appreciate deeply their concern for the people of Gaza, as we also appreciate the consistent readiness of the Egyptian Red Crescent to facilitate donations like this.”

This is the first donation received by UNRWA from the UAERC this year. In 2009, the UAERC contributed more than US$9 million in support of the Agency’s projects in Gaza, Syria and Lebanon.

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.

For more information, please contact:

Christopher Gunness
Spokesperson, Director of Advocacy & Strategic Communications
+972 (0)54 240 2659
+972 (0)2 589 0267
Sami Mshasha
Chief of Communications & Arabic Language Spokesperson
+972 (0)54 216 8295
+972 (0)2 589 0724

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