Read caption The US administration's decision to withhold aid funding for Palestinian refugees will have devastating consequences for vulnerable Palestinian refugees across the Middle East. Photo: NRC

US decides to withhold aid funding for Palestinian refugees

Published 17. Jan 2018
Statement by NRC Secretary General Jan Egeland on the reported US decision to withhold aid funding for Palestinian refugees:

"We urge the US administration to reconsider its decision to withhold $65 million in funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian refugees. This amount represents over half the initial tranche of $125 million that would normally have been provided to UNRWA at the beginning of the year. The move will have devastating consequences for vulnerable Palestinian refugees across the Middle East, including hundreds of thousands of refugee children in the West Bank and Gaza, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria who depend on the agency for their education. It will also deny their parents a social safety net that helps them to survive, and undermine the UN agency’s ability to respond in the event of another flare up in the conflict. We hope that the US administration and Congress can cooperate in reversing this politically motivated cut in aid before its effects ripple through the Middle East. In the meantime, we call on other donor nations to stand with UNRWA and Palestinian refugees and cover the massive shortfall left by the US administration."

For more information, please contact:

In Amman: Karl Schembri, Regional Media Adviser, karl.schembri@nrc.no+962 7902 20159

In Amman: Elias Abu Ata, Regional Communications Coordinator, elias.abuata@nrc.no+962 7952 16331