UNRWA Staff Union Donates for Yarmouk

14 April 2014
UNRWA Staff Union Donates for Yarmouk


Members of the Area Staff Union (ASU) at the Amman Headquarters of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) have generously donated two days’ salary to help the Palestinian civilians trapped in Yarmouk. Their contribution of US$ 12,008 has been used to purchase food for the parcels being delivered into Yarmouk camp, Syria, as circumstances allow.

“We are very happy to help the Agency help the Palestine refugees in Yarmouk”, said Dr. Ayman Murad, a member of the ASU. “Unions and Agency management have worked together to make this happen. As staff, we also have to give when we see our people suffer.”

Around 18,000 people are trapped in Yarmouk, with very limited access to food, clean water, medicine and other necessities of life. “This solidarity comes at a time when the people in Yarmouk need it most”, said Lisa Gilliam, speaking on behalf of UNRWA Deputy Commissioner-General Margot Ellis, who coordinates the Agency’s response to the crisis in Syria. “The needs among Palestinians affected by the crisis are so great that literally every penny counts. I want to thank the unions profusely for their generosity.”

UNRWA is distributing the ASU donation as part of the food parcels that are ready to be taken into Yarmouk whenever access is possible. Unfortunately, over the previous month, clashes repeatedly disrupted delivery, and UNRWA was able access Yarmouk on only 10 days over the 30-day period from 11 March to 10 April, distributing 3,390 food parcels. 

UNRWA remains deeply concerned about the desperate humanitarian situation in Yarmouk. The Agency demands that all parties cease hostilities and seek to resolve their differences exclusively by peaceful means. UNRWA also demands that continuous, substantial and safe humanitarian access is ensured.

“I would like to encourage all UNRWA colleagues to help our people in Yarmouk through UNRWA and the unions”, Dr. Murad added. 

For more information, visit http://www.unrwa.org/donate

Background Information

UNRWA is confronted with an increased demand for services resulting from a growth in the number of registered Palestine refugees, the extent of their vulnerability and their deepening poverty. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions and financial support has been outpaced by the growth in needs. As a result, the UNRWA Programme Budget, which supports the delivery of core essential services, operates with a large shortfall. UNRWA encourages all Member States to work collectively to exert all possible efforts to fully fund the Agency’s Programme Budget. UNRWA emergency programmes and key projects, also operating with large shortfalls, are funded through separate funding portals.

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and mandated to provide assistance and protection to some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip achieve their full human development potential, pending a just and lasting solution to their plight. UNRWA services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, protection and microfinance.

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