Brunei donates emergency food assistance for Palestine Refugees in the Gaza Strip

08 September 2022
H.E. Haji Mahadi Maidin, Ambassador of Brunei to Jordan and Ms. Tamara Alrifai, UNRWA Director of External Relations and Communications attend handover event for food assistance contribution in Amman, Jordan. © 2022 UNRWA Photo by Shafiq Al-Otty

The Government of Brunei and the Ghanim International Cooperation handed over 115,860 food packets to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) for Palestine refugees in the Gaza Strip. In attendance were H.E. Haji Mahadi Maidin, Ambassador of Brunei to Jordan and Ms. Tamara Alrifai, UNRWA Director of External Relations and Communications.

Brunei’s support was made possible through a government-enabled fundraising campaign: “The Palestine Humanitarian Fund 2021” aimed at alleviating severe socioeconomic difficulties in the Gaza Strip.

“This donation is a bridge of solidarity from Brunei to thousands of refugees in Gaza. It is especially timely given the skyrocketing prices of food and fuel around the world,” said Ms. Tamara Alrifai, UNRWA Director of External Relations and Communications. “UNRWA is doing all it can to overcome acute funding challenges and pursue the delivery of lifesaving assistance in Gaza. We truly hope that the partnership between UNRWA and Brunei will continue to grow,” she added.

The Government of Brunei is a regular supporter of Palestine refugees and UNRWA. In 2020, Brunei provided a generous multiyear contribution in support of the Agency’s work in education and healthcare. In 2019, it provided funds for food and education assistance for Palestine refugees during the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Background Information: 

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 with a mandate to provide humanitarian assistance and protection to registered Palestine refugees in the Agency’s area of operations, namely the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, pending a just and lasting solution to their plight. Thousands of Palestine refugees who lost both their homes and livelihood because of the 1948 conflict have remained displaced and in need of significant support for over seventy years. UNRWA helps them 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:

Tamara Alrifai
UNRWA Spokesperson
+962 (0)79 090 0140
Juliette Touma
UNRWA Director of Communications
+972 54240 2753