EU representative visits Marka refugee camp in Jordan

Sven Koopmans visits Marka refugee camp in Jordan on August 11, 2021. (Photo: Handout from EU)
AMMAN — European Union Special Representative (EUSR) for the Middle East Peace Process Sven Koopmans visited several installations run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in Marka refugee camp on Wednesday, according to a recent EU press statement.اضافة اعلان

Koopmans was accompanied by Maria Hadjitheodosiou, the ambassador of the European Union to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Adam Janssen, the EU political officer, Rafiq Khirfan, the director general of the Department of Palestinian Affairs, and Marta Lorenzo, the director of UNRWA Affairs in Jordan, the statement said.

Starting at the UNRWA Marka Preparatory Girls’ School, the delegation was briefed about Palestine refugees in Jordan, specifically on the vulnerabilities faced by ex-Gaza and Palestine refugees from Syria, as well as recent developments on UNRWA operations across the region, according to the EU. Additionally, the statement said, discussions centered around how UNRWA has contributed to regional stability and the human development of the Palestine refugees over the past seven decades.

The EU said that the delegation visited the Marka Camp Heath Centre, where they witnessed the UNRWA response firsthand to the COVID-19 pandemic and were briefed on how the Agency’s Health Program ensures service continuity and abides by health protective measures through investment in digitization. According to the statement, this includes smart phone applications and telemedicine services to ensure that refugees receive quality health care safely, avoiding gatherings, and overcrowding.

The statement also said that the visit included a tour in the camp, to get a closer look at the daily life of refugees, where they were informed about the environmental health procedures taken by the agency via its Sanitation Laborers to improve the hygienic situation in the camp and sustain the health and safety of refugees amid the pandemic.

In the press release, Koopmans stated that “as the biggest donor to UNRWA, the European Union reaffirms its commitment to supporting the Palestinian refugees in Jordan and the region, and we greatly appreciate the very important work carried out by UNRWA to provide enormous numbers of refugees with the means to sustain their life and dignity, among other things through vital education and health services.”

Director of UNRWA Affairs in Jordan, Marta Lorenzo expressed her gratitude. She said, “I am honored to meet the EU Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process, Mr. Sven Koopmans at Marka camp today   The European Union has demonstrated its solidarity and support with Palestine refugees through a long-standing partnership with UNRWA over the past fifty years.”

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