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Japanese Support to UNRWA Cash Assistance Programme Helps Cover Basic Needs of Palestine Refugees in Syria
23 March 2018
As the war in Syria enters its eighth year this March, hundreds of thousands of Palestine refugees continue to rely on UNRWA cash assistance to help make ends meet. In 2018, UNRWA aims to provide up to 418,000 Palestine refugees inside Syria with cash assistance, distributing cash grants of US$32 per month through six distribution rounds, each covering two months of needs. The Agency’s cash assistance programme remains the most important component of the UNRWA emergency response, which aims to help Palestine refugees meet a part of their humanitarian needs with the dignity of choice.
This vital humanitarian assistance is made possible through donations by countries like Japan who in 2017 contributed US$ 2.5 million towards the Syria Regional Emergency Appeal to help provide cash assistance to vulnerable Palestine refugees in Syria, helping more than 8,700 families.
Salman, a 67-year-old retiree and father of four, is one of these Palestine refugees who receive cash assistance to help cover his basic needs. He and his family were forced to leave their home in Yarmouk in December 2012, due to the fighting there. They have since moved multiple times and are currently living in Damascus.