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Source: United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
7 March 2008

Belgian Minister for Development Corporation pledges support for UNRWA

The Belgian Minister for Development Cooperation, Mr. Charles Michel, visited UNRWA services in Jalazoune camp on Wednesday 05 March. UNRWA medical staff briefed him on the regular and emergency health activities of the Agency. He also visited the Palestine Child Center , which is supported by the Government of Belgium , and engaged in discussions with young pupils at UNRWA's Girls school.

Minister Michel stated: "My presence in the oPt is to convey the message that in Belgium there is a strong concern vis a vis the hardship faced by Palestinian refugees, and the will to improve their living conditions"

UNRWA senior staff shared their concerns with Michel on the tragic humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip , as well as the increasing economic distress of Palestine refugees in the West Bank due to acute restriction of movement and access.

Barbara Shenstone, Director of UNRWA Operations in the West Bank, emphasized the importance of such visit s by political leaders , and thanked the Government of Belgium for their increased engagement with , and support to , UNRWA

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