Programs continue despite challenges — UNRWA

The entrance to UNRWA’s Jordan Field Office. (File photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — All programs offered by a UN agency caring for Palestinian refugees continue, despite financial difficulties caused by global factors, said Adnan Abu Hasna, a media advisor at the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine refugees.اضافة اعلان

He said that the effect of “global issues” on UNRWA, most prominent of which is Russia’s war on Ukraine “affected the donations that UNRWA receives”.

“However, all UNRWA programs are still running”, he asserted.

His statement was made during a conference held last Monday on the sidelines of the UNRWA Advisory Committee meetings, which take place twice a year, usually in June and November, to discuss issues of concern to the UN agency.

Abu Hasna told Jordan News later that Arab support for UNRWA dropped by 90 percent in the last decade. He said a recent donation of $27 million came from Saudi Arabia last month, and has raised expectations that more funds could be in the pipeline.

As for the US, which is usually one of the largest donors to UNRWA, he said that the assistant secretary of state is in Amman to attend the advisory committee meeting, where she heard the challenges facing UNRWA.

“The US was the largest single donor to the agency this year”, pledging $340 million.

He dodged a clear comment on the sit-ins staged by UNRWA employees in the Gaza Strip, who are protesting their work conditions, but said the agency is obliged to meet their needs.

He said that UNRWA and the international community “are doing their best to keep UNRWA institutions on their feet, and enable them to continue helping the refugee community”.

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