Japanese gov’t allocates $5m fund to UNHCR to help with COVID-19 recovery

Zaatri Camp. (Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — The Japanese government announced around $5 million of new funding for the UNHCR in Jordan, according to a statement by the UNHCR carried by Al-Mamlaka TV.اضافة اعلان

This funding aims to “continue support for the Jordanian government and help refugees in Jordan who have been negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic.”

The statement said: “As the region faces various challenges — including the effects of a long-running and large-scale asylum crisis and COVID-19 repercussions — the government of Japan has renewed its commitment to support the UNHCR in Jordan.”

The UNHCR confirmed that it “was able to provide direct and remote services to refugees to facilitate access to key services throughout 2021 and will continue to do so in 2022.”  It also noted that in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, inequality and gender-based violence have increased, as well as risks such as school dropouts and child labor. 
These challenges were noted as “reversing the progress that was made before the pandemic.”

The UNHCR also stated that “the generous contribution of the Japanese government will enable the UNHCR in Jordan to improve shelter conditions and enhance protection services to refugees, including children and survivors of gender-based violence.”

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