UNRWA at a glance

01 January 2011

UNRWA provides assistance, protection and advocacy for some 5 million registered Palestine refugees in the Middle East.

From its inception, UNRWA has been mandated to carry out direct relief and works programmes for Palestine refugees. Today, the Agency maintains operations in five fields – Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem – and employs more than 31,000 people, almost all of whom are refugees themselves.

The Agency’s services encompass education, health care, relief, camp infrastructure and improvement, community support, microfinance and emergency response, including in times of armed conflict.

UNRWA at a glance
Two UNRWA students from Gaza enjoy recess in their first day of school. © 2017 UNRWA Photo by Rushdi Al-Saraj
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