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UAE Red Crescent: key donor of food in Gaza

posted on 31/05/2012: 2985 views



Gaza - The United Arab Emirates Red Crescent Authority (UAERCA) has generously contributed about Dh3 million (US$817,000) in support of food for the poorest population in Gaza.

Over the last five years, the UAERCA offered Dh18.4 million (US$5 million) in food assistance to Gaza Strip. The donation will support some of the most vulnerable Palestine families requiring assistance under the Agency's social safety-net programme (SSNP). This programme targets refugee families most in need in UNRWA's five fields of operation through providing food assistance, including baskets of essential commodities such as flour, rice, oil, sugar and milk.

After what will soon be five years of tight access restrictions and blockade, much of the population of the Gaza Strip remains unemployed, poor, and dependent on aid. 68 per cent of the refugee population is receiving food from UNRWA, and 62 per cent of the total Gaza population is dependent on international agencies for at least some of its food, while the unemployment rate stands at 29 per cent.

Welcoming the contribution, Mr. Filippo Grandi, UNRWA Commissioner-General said: "Five years of access restrictions have brought many Gazan families to their knees. People are very dependent on our food programmes. Securing funding for these programmes is increasingly difficult, and so we are especially grateful to the UAERCA for coming forward now with this timely donation." The UAERCA is a regular contributor to food for Palestine refugees in Gaza. Over the last five years, the UAERCA contributed over five million dollars for food aid. The UAERCA is also a committed supporter of shelter reconstruction for Palestine refugees through UNRWA, having supported major projects in Lebanon, Gaza and Syria.

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA's services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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