UNRWA Advisory Commission Field Visit to Lebanon
The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Advisory Commission conducted a field visit to Burj Barajneh, Shatila and Rashidieh Palestine refugee camps in Lebanon on 18 and 19 June for a delegation consisting of Head of the European Union Delegation in Jerusalem, John Gatt-Rutter; Senior Advisor at the Consulate General of Sweden in Jerusalem, Karin Gatt-Rutter; Deputy Representative of Ireland in Ramallah, Stephanie O’Brien; AusAid Head of Cooperation in Ramallah, Joel Thorpe; Head of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in Jerusalem, Véronique Hulmann; United Kingdom team leader in Jerusalem, Henrietta Hawxwell; Senior Advisor and Programme Advisor in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trine Rønning Mathisen; Samar Sayegh-Makhlouf; and the Finnish desk officer responsible for UNRWA, Anna Merrifield.
During the visit, the group received an overview of the challenges faced by Palestine refugees from Lebanon and Palestine refugees from Syria in accessing essential health, education and protection services in the camps. The visit ended with a discussion on the progress of the reconstruction of Nahr el-Bared camp and a meeting with Deputy Director of UNRWA Affairs in Syria, Dejan Potpara to discuss the challenges of operating in Syria.
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