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Palestinians in crisis in Lebanon need money

The UN appeal aims to ensure that thousands of Palestinian refugee families live with dignity and that Palestinian children do not lose their future, says Najat Rokudi, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Lebanon. increase.

UNRWA is demanding an additional $ 87.5 million to provide cash assistance to Palestinian refugees. (AP)

UN agencies have called on the international community to donate tens of millions of dollars to improve the living conditions of the Palestinians in crisis in Lebanon.

Wednesday’s complaint by the Palestinian Refugee Agency (UNRWA) is to provide Palestinian refugees with cash assistance to the poorest, to cover hospital costs and allow children to go to school.

UNRWA said more than 210,000 Palestinian refugees were the most vulnerable, and as Lebanon sank deep into the economic collapse, some basic commodities became out of reach.

He added that more than 58% of Palestinian refugees here eat less meals each day.

Palestinian refugee Hiam Habib said that while everything is very expensive, UNRWA’s support is declining.

“We urge UNRWA to find a solution, otherwise the family will be out on the street,” she said, sitting next to an electric heater and working at a private generator in the neighborhood, so minimal. I turned on the power with the limited power.

Approximately 400,000 Palestinian refugees and their descendants live primarily in 12 refugee camps in Lebanon and were founded in 1948 for those who fled or were pushed out during the battle surrounding Israeli creations. it was done.

An additional 27,000 Palestinians have fled Syria in the last decade during its deadly civil war.

Palestinians in Lebanon are forbidden to take up the profession, have little legal protection and cannot own property.

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Lebanon economic crisis

The Lebanese crisis broke out in October 2019 and was rooted in decades of corruption and mismanagement by the ruling class.

It has unemployed tens of thousands of people, and nearly 80 percent of the population of 6 million, including about 1.5 million Syrian and Palestinian refugees, live in poverty.

The Lebanese pound has lost more than 90% of its value and has wiped out the purchasing power of the middle class and low-income households.

UNRWA Prime Minister Philippe Lazzarini said in November that the resumption of US support for the agency last year, which had been suspended by the Trump administration, was offset by cuts in funding by other donors.

Claudio Cordone, Secretary-General of UNRWA in Lebanon, said UNRWA is struggling to secure funding and the international community needs to be in line with its political commitment to UNRWA.

Lebanon’s UN humanitarian coordinator, Najat Rokudi, said tensions increased as families pressured institutions not only to increase relief assistance amid the sharp devaluation of the Lebanese pound, but also to provide regular services. Said that.

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