October 16, 2018

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Trump cuts jeopardise lives of millions of Palestinian refugees, UN warns (Guardian)

Trump cuts jeopardise lives of millions of Palestinian refugees, UN warns (Guardian)

The head of the main United Nations agency supporting Palestinian refugees has warned that the organisation is facing the most severe funding crisis in its history, threatening its support to an estimated 5.3 million people, including more than 400,000 inside Syria.

Pierre Krähenbühlcommissioner general of the UN Relief and Works Agency, added that cuts in support to the already impoverished and demoralised population his organisation supports – many of them victims of recent conflict – risked radicalising a new generation of young Palestinians.

The UNRWA, which provides education, medical care and emergency assistance to Palestinian refugees, is facing a shortfall of almost one-third of its budget, in large part because of the Trump administration’s decision to withhold much of its funding.  Read more

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