$46m needed for cash assistance to refugee families — UNHCR

UNCHR camp
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AMMAN — The UN refugee agency UNHCR said it needs $46 million to provide 120,000 refugee families in Jordan with winter cash assistance, given the growing instability of the social and economic situation of refugees, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.اضافة اعلان

The UNHCR plan to increase the value of cash assistance to prepare for winter 2022-2023 to the equivalent of $380 per household is in light of the current inflation and high prices. It plans to begin disbursing the assistance in Jordan during October.

UNHCR estimates that 3.4 million Syrian and Iraqi refugees require vital aid to help them prepare for and deal with the coming winter, in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt.

Therefore, the global agency requests $250 million to assist them in those areas, before winter starts.

UNHCR in Jordan raised 42 percent of its financial requirements for the current year, after warning that Jordan's refugee situation would become a humanitarian crisis within months, if funding was not urgently provided.

UNHCR's winter strategy focuses on three areas: providing seasonal cash assistance to vulnerable families to meet additional needs arising during winter, providing essential winter relief items such as blankets and winter clothing, and secure suitable water-resistant shelters, improve drainage systems and other infrastructure projects in camps, and informal housing gatherings in preparation for winter.

In Jordan, UNHCR needs $40.9 million to provide cash assistance to 391,400 Syrian refugees who constitute 106,622 families and $5 million to provide assistance to 26,000 Iraqi refugees and other nationalities.

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