UNRWA Facing Budget Shortfall, Impacted By Trump Administration’s Withholding Of Funding
The Guardian: Trump cuts jeopardise lives of millions of Palestinian refugees, U.N. warns
“The head of the main United Nations agency supporting Palestinian refugees has warned that the organisation is facing the most severe funding crisis in its history, threatening its support to an estimated 5.3 million people, including more than 400,000 inside Syria. … The UNRWA [U.N. Relief and Works Agency], which provides education, medical care and emergency assistance to Palestinian refugees, is facing a shortfall of almost one-third of its budget, in large part because of the Trump administration’s decision to withhold much of its funding. … The U.S. announced it was cutting funds to the UNRWA earlier this year in the fallout from a U.N. general assembly vote that overwhelmingly rejected Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel…” (Beaumont, 2/21).