Support for UNRWA's survival

Karl Blanchet, Abbas El-Zein, Ana Langer, Miho Sato, Sawsan Abdulrahim, Kim Abouchacra, Rima Afifi, Vittorio Agnoletto, Hidechika Akashi, Mohamad Alameddine, Éimhín Ansbro, Vera Araújo-Soares, Nassim Assefi, Matt Baillie Smith, Marco Bardus, Jacqueline Bhabha, Espen Bjertness, Karl Blanchet, Josephine Borghi, Joanna BuszaMelani Cammett, Oona Campbell, Jad Chaaban, Iain Chalmers, Francesco Checchi, Goodarz Danaei, Hassan Dhaini, Karin Diaconu, Ishac Diwan, Paula Dominguez-Salas, Elizabeth Dubois, Faysal El Kak, Abbas El-Zein, Eugenia Eng, Nir Eyal, Wafaie Fawzi, Gene Feder, Rika Fujiya, Shota Furukawa, Kiyoko Furusawa, Akane Futami, Aline Germani, Hala Ghattas, Rita Giacaman, Ryunosuke Goto, Liz Grant, Paul Gregg Greenough, Rima Habib, Amy Hagopian, Darryl Humble

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Abstract

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) provides life-saving humanitarian aid for 5·4 million Palestine refugees now entering their eighth decade of statelessness and conflict. About a third of Palestine refugees still live in 58 recognised camps. UNRWA operates 702 schools and 144 health centres, some of which are affected by the ongoing humanitarian disasters in Syria and the Gaza Strip. It has dramatically reduced the prevalence of infectious diseases, mortality, and illiteracy. Its social services include rebuilding infrastructure and homes that have been destroyed by conflict and providing cash assistance and micro-finance loans for Palestinians whose rights are curtailed and who are denied the right of return to their homeland.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1009-1010
Number of pages2
JournalThe Lancet
Volume392
Issue number10152
Early online date12 Sep 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Sep 2018

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