AMMAN, Friday, October 21, 2022 (WAFA) - The United Nations Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) appealed today for $13 million in funding to support Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, as the country reels from an unprecedented economic crisis.
"Palestine refugees, living in overcrowded camps... are at the end of their rope," UNRWA chief Philippe Lazzarini said in a statement, adding that "almost every Palestine refugee in Lebanon lives in poverty."
He said UNRWA was "urgently appealing for $13 million" in funding for cash assistance to families, primary health care services and to keep the agency's schools open until the end of this year.
He added, "Palestinian refugees in Lebanon are often unable to even scrape by," and that "our assistance is a drop in an ocean of despair."
"Unprecedented levels of poverty, skyrocketing unemployment rates and increasing despair are... severely hitting the Lebanese people and Syrian and Palestine refugees," Lazzarini said.
Lebanon has been hit hard over the past three years by one of the worst economic crises in recent global history, according to the World Bank.