Mil­lions in aid sought for Pales­tinian refugees

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD - – ANA

THE UN Re­lief and Works Agency for Pales­tine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has launched an $813 mil­lion (R11 bil­lion) emer­gency ap­peal for Pales­tini­ans in the Oc­cu­pied Pales­tinian Ter­ri­tory – in­clud­ing East Jerusalem – and those who have fled the con­flict in Syria.

Speak­ing to UN News, Pierre Krähen­bühl, the Com­mis­sioner-Gen­eral for UNRWA, said: “Pales­tine refugees are among the worst af­fected by the con­flict. Over 95 per­cent of those who have re­mained in Syria – 430 000 – are in crit­i­cal need of hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance.”

Krähen­bühl said the fact that 917000 peo­ple are now in need of food as­sis­tance, a ten­fold in­crease since 2000, was a “scan­dal”.

Of the re­quested $813m, $402m is tar­geted for Pales­tine refugees in Gaza and the West Bank, in­clud­ing East Jerusalem.

This would al­low nearly 1 mil­lion refugees in Gaza to re­ceive food aid and pro­vide rental as­sis­tance to 6500 fam­i­lies who lost their homes dur­ing the 2014 hos­til­i­ties as well as re­pairs for more than 50 000 fam­i­lies whose homes have been dam­aged or de­stroyed.

It would also cover food-inse­cure refugees in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Among refugees in oc­cu­pied Pales­tinian ter­ri­tory, the rate of un­em­ploy­ment is 43.2 per­cent in Gaza and 19.5per­cent in the West Bank.

Hun­dreds of thou­sands are food­in­se­cure and chil­dren, es­pe­cially those in Gaza, re­quire psy­choso­cial sup­port due to trauma.

Gam­bia’s in­cum­bent pres­i­dent Yahya Jammeh.

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