Thursday, February 29, 2024

What is UNRWA, what is its role in Gaza and why have some countries stopped funding it?

UNRWA is an agency of the United Nations created in 1949 to help the refugee population in Palestine in the Middle East. A community of 5.9 million people, almost a quarter of the world’s refugee population.

In these seven decades, the UNRW has been in charge of guaranteeing access to education, health, human assistance, and social services for Palestinian refugees.

A population living in foster care in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and the occupied Palestinian territory (the Gaza Strip and the West Bank) is waiting for a definitive solution to the territorial conflict.

Since last October, the role of UNRWA has become more important after the Hamas attack on Israel.

Since then, two million people have been in dire need of humanitarian assistance every day provided to them by UNRWA and other UN agencies.

The UNRWA crisis is due to its possible links to Hamas

UNRWA announced on January 26 its decision to terminate the contracts of 12 members of its staff who allegedly participated in an attack on October 7. Hams is an Israelite.

In the coming days, it is expected that the internal investigation department will be strengthened and that a full investigation will be carried out by agency staff to confirm that he did not participate in the attacks.

How UNRWA is funded

To do its work, UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN member states. This is unique within the United Nations system.

According to Euronews, the contribution of the European Union to the UNRWA program budget between 2021 and 2013 amounts to a total of 281 million euros.

From now on, aid to the UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) will be subject to the final resolution of the open investigation. due to the alleged involvement of some of its workers in terrorist acts.

Ongoing EU funding commitments have been met so far, and funding for UNWRA has not been completely suspended. The next payment is scheduled for the end of February.

However, seven members of the European Union, including France, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands, have already announced they will withdraw aid. from UNRWA pending investigations

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