**UNRWA Launches Appeal For 1.6 Billion Dollars To Cover Expenses In 2023**
The United Nations Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Middle East (UNRWA) launched an appeal on Tuesday (01.24.2023) to raise 1.6 billion dollars (1.47 billion euros). According to the agency, most Palestinian refugees are below the poverty line and rely on the aid provided by UNRWA.
“UNRWA continues to play an indispensable role in the lives of millions of Palestinian refugees. We strive to maintain the delivery of basic services in a financial and political context that is incredibly difficult,” said UNRWA general commissioner Philippe Lazzarini in a statement.
UNRWA is facing a deficit accumulated throughout 2022 due to financial crisis, and the agency needs the funds to provide basic services such as health and education benefits, and increase aid in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria. Furthermore, the agency’s mandate was just renewed by the UN for a period of three years.
UNRWA was established in 1949, one year after the foundation of the state of Israel, to help more than 750,000 Palestinians who fled or were expelled in the 1948 war, as well as their descendants. Director Philippe Lazzarini said that without the necessary funds, they would not be able to meet their mandate.