UNRWA and Ammar Hasan Sing for “Dignity for All”

01 August 2013

Since 2010, the Dignity for All campaign of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has worked to improve the situation of the over 400,000 Palestine refugees living in Lebanon. The campaign’s concluding effort is a music video for a song, “Dignity for All,” that was inspired by a visit to Palestine refugee camps in Lebanon. 
The song and video bring together the efforts of notable artists, including poet Nizar Francis, composer Rawad Raed and distributor Danny Elhelou. Superstar singer Ammar Hasan lends his voice to the vocals, emphasizing the campaign’s message: “Everyone has the right to live in dignity.” 
The Dignity for All campaign has been supported since its inception by the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Office (ECHO). It sought to enhance public knowledge and understanding of the situation of Palestine refugees in Lebanon and to improve the perceptions that the Lebanese and refugee communities had of one another. Over the years, its efforts included sport activities, documentary screenings, round-table meetings and face-to-face visits to build bridges between the communities. 
The collaboration of such celebrated artists on the “Dignity for All” song and video marks the conclusion of a campaign that emphasized relationships between people and the importance of human dignity for all communities. The video of Ammar Hasan’s song can be seen on YouTube here.

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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.

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