$6m For Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon

ABU DHABI - The UAE Red Crescent Authority (UAERCA) has pledged through an agreement with the UN Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for aid worth $6 million for the rehabilitation of shelters and relief activities for Palestinian refugees
in Lebanon.

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Published: Wed 18 Mar 2009, 12:50 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 8:28 PM

UAERCA chief Dr Ali Abdullah Al Kaabi and UNRWA’s representative Peter Ford inked a deal for $5 million to rehabilitate shelters in the Bourj El Shemali camp, one of the 12 in south Lebanon.

The project will improve the condition of 343 shelters identified as the most structurally unsound, hazardous and unhygienic among the many dilapidated shelters in the camp.

The project comes under the camp improvement initiative, a move launched by the Lebanese government and UNRWA in 2006.

The UAERCA is also contributing $1 million towards UNRWA’s relief activities for refugees affected by the Nahr El Bared conflict.

This funding will allow UNRWA to construct 149 temporary housing units for Palestinian families who were displaced from the camp in 2007, and who are still hosted byrelatives or friends or inunsuitable places.

Karen Koning Abuzayd, Commissioner-General, UNRWA said, “Quite rightly, much of the world’s focus recently has been on the situation of Palestine refugees in Gaza.

“However, we must not forget refugees elsewhere in the region who may be living in deplorable conditions. I am delighted that the donation of $6 million by our generous partners, the UAERCA, will allow us to improve refugee housing.”

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