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Can the UN’s agency for Palestinian refugees survive? | United Nations News
Video Duration 25 minutes 15 seconds 25:15
UNRWA warns of chronic funding shortfalls as it launches $1.6bn appeal.
Nearly six million people rely on UNRWA operations – the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East.
It provides food aid, healthcare, education and other essential services in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the occupied Palestinian territories.
Fulfilling that mandate requires a huge amount of money, therefore UNRWA has launched an appeal for $1.6bn this year.
The agency has struggled to raise enough donations in the past.
What happens if donations do not come through?
And has UNRWA been stretched too thin?
Presenter: Rob Matheson
Tamara Alrifai – UNRWA spokesperson
Marwan Kabalan – Head of policy analysis, Arab Center for Research & Policy Studies
Anne Irfan – Lecturer in interdisciplinary race, gender and postcolonial studies, University College London
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