UN urges $100 million funding for Palestinian refugees

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urges international community about emergent donations to meet $100 million shortfall for Palestinian refugees

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appealed for urgent donations of at least $100 million on Tuesday, to fund the needs of Palestinian refugees and children.

The secretary general expressed grave concern over the humanitarian and security crises that would potentially occur if the funds were not collected for the 5 million refugees.

The agency declared that it is currently facing its “most severe financial crisis ever.”

They require funding to support over half a million Palestinian refugee children’s upcoming school year.

Ban, in his statement, called on the donors “...to urgently ensure that the $100 million required be contributed to UNRWA at the earliest possible date, so that the children of Palestine can begin their 2015-2016 school year without delay.”

A lack of funding from international donors forced the agency to halt their support to tens of thousands of people in Gaza, that were initially intended to reconstruct many of the demolished buildings following Israel’s offensive last year that killed thousands of Palestinians.


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