Support from the UAE helps keep family traditions alive
14 July 2015
In 2014, generous support from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) allowed UNRWA to provide critical food assistance to 460,000 Palestine refugees in Syria. As the conflict continues into its fifth year, timely assistance such as that from the UAE is essential to help maintain the resilience of the Palestine refugee population as they face a brutal and protracted humanitarian crisis.
The vulnerability of Palestine refugees is exacerbated by the near collapse of the Syrian economy, which has resulted in high unemployment rates and spiralling inflation. The soaring cost of basic food items has put them beyond the reach of most Palestine refugees, whose assets and incomes have been destroyed by conflict and repeated displacement. Of the 480,000 Palestine refugees remaining in Syria, over 50 per cent were displaced from their homes, and 95 per cent now rely on UNRWA for their daily needs.
Funding from donors like the UAE means that UNRWA can continue to provide regular food assistance to families throughout Syria. This reliable source of nutrition helps maintain the resilience and physical health of the population; it also plays an essential role in preserving the traditions, recipes and relationships which sustain families through times of crisis.
In 2014, the UAE donated US$ 15 million to provide food assistance to conflict-affected Palestine refugee families in Syria. This timely funding will cover two food distribution rounds in 2014 and 2015 and is expected to reach over 460,000 beneficiaries.