The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has announced that the People’s Republic of China has donated $1 million to provide quality, equitable and inclusive primary education for Palestinian children. UNRWA will use the donation to support the agency’s education program for 9,200 students in 19 schools in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
“On behalf of UNRWA, I would like to express our deep appreciation to the government of China for its continued support and commitment to preserving the rights of Palestinian refugees,” said Karim Amer, Director of Partnerships at the agency. “We value our robust partnership with China, which continues to grow and expand.”
In response, the head of the Bureau of the People’s Republic of China to the State of Palestine, Ambassador Guo Wei, said: “China commends and supports the efforts of UNRWA and has been actively providing assistance to the Palestinian refugees through UNRWA within its capacity for several years. in a row, China has made donations in support of UNRWA to provide emergency food assistance to refugees in the Gaza Strip and has donated pandemic relief supplies and Covid-19 vaccines to Palestinian refugees.
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He added that the $1 million donation has been given to UNRWA to help improve the livelihoods of the Palestinian refugees. “We are ready to work with the international community to promote the restoration of the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people and to press for a comprehensive, just and lasting solution to the Palestinian issue, in order to achieve peace, stability and development in reach the Middle East. East.”
The Chinese donation comes after UNRWA Commissioner General Philippe Lazzarini told the UN Security Council earlier this month that the agency was facing a funding crisis and had asked for political and financial support.
“UNRWA faces an existential threat,” Lazzarini warned. “What’s at stake? Quality and principled education for more than half a million girls and boys; access to health care for about two million Palestinian refugees and a social safety net for about 400,000 of the poorest of the poor.” They are all in danger, he said.
UNRWA was founded in 1949 to provide aid and protection to refugees in five areas – Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip – until they are given the right to return to the homes from which they had been evicted as a result of its establishment. of the occupying state of Israel.
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