Japan Contributes US$ 1 Million to UNRWA in Support of Palestine Refugees in Jenin Refugee Camp

18 August 2023
Japan Contributes US$ 1 Million to UNRWA in Support of Palestine Refugees in Jenin Refugee Camp


The Government of Japan contributed US$ 1 million to UNRWA in support of Palestine Refugees affected by the recent Israeli Security Forces operation in Jenin refugee camp on 3-4 July 2023. This funding is responding to the Agency’s Humanitarian and Early Recovery Appeal for Jenin

The Director of UNRWA Affairs in the West Bank, Adam Bouloukos said, “I am very grateful to Japan for this support and their many decades long partnership with UNRWA. The funds will help UNRWA continue its essential work, including healthcare services to Palestine Refugees most in need in and around Jenin." 

The UNRWA health centre, the only primary health care in the camp, sustained extensive damage and can no longer be used. Camp residents, especially children, continue to be exposed to violence and suffer from anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, among others. This contribution will allow UNRWA to establish and run a temporary health centre for Palestine Refugees in and around the camp and provide mental health and psychosocial support.

Ambassador of Japan for Palestinian Affairs and Representative of Japan to Palestine, H.E. NAKASHIMA Yoichi said, “This emergency response is a gesture of Japan’s support for Palestine Refugees in Jenin camp in critical humanitarian need for sanitation, health, and response to unexploded ordnance. I would like to express our deep sympathy and solidarity with the people who suffered from the recent Israeli Security Forces operation, and our wishes for a speedy recovery to those injured and affected, directly or indirectly, by the situation.”


Notes to Editors

  • Under the Humanitarian and Early Recovery Appeal for Jenin, UNRWA plans to deliver sanitation, health and awareness raising on unexploded ordnance to nearly 24,000 Palestine Refugees in the camp and benefit over 450,000 vulnerable Palestine Refugees residing in the neighbouring area.
  • The Government of Japan has been one of the most dedicated donors to UNRWA, having supported the Agency for nearly 70 years (since 1953) with a total amount exceeding US$ 1 billion.
  • This year marks 70 years of Japan-UNRWA partnership working with and for #PalestineRefugees. It is the enduring support of donors like the Government of Japan that the Agency has been able to provide vital services to Palestine Refugees across the Middle East in the face of continuing challenges.
Background Information: 

UNRWA is the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East. The United Nations General Assembly established UNRWA in 1949 with a mandate to provide humanitarian assistance and protection to registered Palestine refugees in the Agency’s area of operations pending a just and lasting solution to their plight.

UNRWA operates in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, The Gaza Strip, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. 

Tens of thousands of Palestine refugees who lost their homes and livelihoods due to the 1948 conflict continue to be displaced and in need of support, nearly 75 years on.

UNRWA helps Palestine Refugees achieve their full potential in human development through quality services it provides in education, health care, relief and social services, protection, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance, and emergency assistance. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions.


For more information, please contact:

Juliette Touma
UNRWA Director of Communications
+962-79-867-4628 (on whatsapp)
Tamara Alrifai
UNRWA Spokesperson/ Director of External Relations & Communications
+962 (0)79 090 0140