BERLIN, Thursday, October 20, 2022 (WAFA) - UNRWA Commissioner General Philippe Lazzarini said today that the sharp increase in the cost of food and commodities is plunging Palestinian refugees in the region into deeper poverty.
Speaking at the conclusion of a three-day visit to Germany, Lazzarini said, “The sharp increase in the cost of food and commodities is plunging Palestine refugees in the region into deeper poverty. In Gaza, Lebanon and Syria, over 80 percent live below the poverty line.”
He added, "Desperation is mounting, especially among young people across the Middle East. They are confronted with poverty, unemployment, and a general lack of prospect. Some are risking their lives in search of a more dignified life."
"Despite chronic underfunding and a very challenging context under which the Agency operates, UNRWA continues to deliver assistance and services against all odds. It is a key contributor to stability and development in the region," he continued.