Japanese donation to support 300,000 Palestinian refugees
Omar Obeidat; 17/7/09
Around 300,000 vulnerable Palestinian refugees across the region will receive basic food assistance thanks to a $6 million donation from the Japanese government. Under an agreement signed at the Hitteen refugee camp by Japanese Ambassador to Jordan Tetsuo Shioguchi and UNRWA Commissioner General Karen AbuZayd on Thursday, the Japanese government will provide around $6 million in support of UNRWA’s food assistance programme. According to UNRWA Spokesperson Matar Saqer, the donation will be used to purchase essential commodities to be distributed to impoverished families, pregnant women and nursing mothers in Palestinian refugee camps across the region. “Around 300,000 people will benefit from the assistance under the agency’s Social Safety Net Programme in its five fields of operations in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank,” he added.