People walk near the UNRWA office at the Whedat Refugee camp northeast of Amman, Jordan, 27 November 2018 | Photo: EPA/ANDRE PAIN
People walk near the UNRWA office at the Whedat Refugee camp northeast of Amman, Jordan, 27 November 2018 | Photo: EPA/ANDRE PAIN

The European Commission has decided to provide 3 million euros to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), so that they can provide cash assistance to Palestinian refugees hit by the war in Syria.

In a statement, the UN agency said the contribution will ensure that UNRWA continues to respond to the needs of the most vulnerable Palestine refugees in Syria by providing cash assistance of 46 US dollars per person to cover their basic needs including food, shelter and heating. 

"EU supports all those hit by the Syrian crisis" 

"The European Union is committed to assist all those affected by the Syria crisis," said the Christos Stylianides, the commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis management. "This EU emergency assistance is vital for vulnerable populations, including thousands of Palestine refugees who have also suffered the consequences of this conflict"

"The EU remains a generous partner of UNRWA and we are immensely grateful for its continued partnership and solidarity," said Amanya Michael-Ebye, the director of UNRWA affairs in Syria. "Its generous contribution has demonstrated its strong commitment to supporting vulnerable Palestine refugees and helped us provide for the basic needs of the most vulnerable of them. The protracted crisis in Syria has deepened the vulnerability of Palestine refugees living in the country who remain dependent on UNRWA for food and our medical supplies. UNRWA cash assistance is sometimes the only source of income." 

UNRWA says it needs more money

The UNRWA said that its cash assistance program supports the most vulnerable refugees, with a focus on female-headed households, the elderly, orphans, and disabled persons. The UN agency said that the demand for their services has increased because the number of registered Palestine refugees has grown, and because more people are increasingly vulnerable and poor. 


 

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