Japan contributes ¥600 million to UN relief agency for Palestine refugees

20 December 2001

Japan today contributed ¥600 million (yen) to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to support food assistance programmes benefiting Palestinians in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

The funds will be used to purchase wheat for needy families registered with UNRWA as special hardship cases, and to support the Agency's nutritional programme for nursing mothers and pregnant women.

The donation - equivalent to around $4.9 million - was formalized in an agreement signed today in Amman by UNRWA Deputy Commissioner General Karen Koning AbuZayd and Japan's Ambassador to Jordan, Shintaro Sasaki.

UNRWA provides basic education, health, relief and social services for nearly 3.9 million Palestine refugees, including 1.7 million in Jordan.


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