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United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
22 November 2007
Donor representatives visit UNRWA installations in Syria
Delegates from 19 of UNRWA's major donor countries arrived in Damascus yesterday to begin a two-day tour of Palestinian refugee camps in Syria. UNRWA Syria Director, Panos Moumtzis, welcomed them, noting that their presence demonstrates a strong and on-going commitment to the welfare of the Palestine refugees.
In Homs Camp, the donor representatives visited old school buildings and a community centre in dire need of repair and met with a cross-section of refugees from the community. In Hama, the donors also saw dilapidated school buildings and toured the premises of the community development centre in need of expansion.
On November 23, the group will travel to Aleppo to visit UNRWA's re-housing scheme in Neirab and Ein el-Tal camps. At Neirab Camp, the donors will have the opportunity to walk through the central barracks area to see the difficult conditions under which refugees are living. At both camps the donors will be able to meet Palestinian refugee families and visit community facilities.
UNRWA convened its yearly hosts and donors meeting in Amman on 19-20 November and organized this visit to familiarize donors with UNRWA operations and the needs of Palestine refugees in Syria.
UNRWA is a humanitarian and human development Agency providing education, health care, social services, micro-credit and emergency relief to over 4 million registered Palestine refugees living in the Gaza Strip, West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and the Syrian Arab Republic. In Syria, the Agency provides assistance to over 440,000 refugees.
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