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United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
19 April 2001
France donates flour to Palestine refugees in Syria
The French Ambassador to Syria, HE. Mr Charles Henri D'Aragon, today observed the stacking of flour donated by the French Government to Palestine refugees, in UNRWA's Warehouses. The 1,020 tons of flour, valued at FF 1,782,960 (US$ 249,156) will be distributed to over 8,000 Palestine refugee families in special hardship and to 10,000 pregnant and nursing women in Syria.
Mrs. Angela Williams, Director of UNRWA Affairs in Syria, thanked the French Government for its generous donation, which represents an important component of the Agency's food support for the very poor. The stacking was also attended by Mr. 'Ali Mustafa, Director-General of the General Authority for Palestine Arab Refugees (GAPAR) and a number of French Embassy and UNRWA staff.
This donation in kind is just one part of France's assistance to the Palestine refugees. The French Government contributed FF 18 million (US $ 2,56 million) to UNRWA's General Fund for 2000. For 2001, France has pledged FF 12 million (US$ 1.62 million) towards the General Fund. In addition, UNRWA has received US$ 751,430 in cash to cover the distribution costs related to French food aid of 6500 MT of flour (Agency-wide) to be received in 2001, valued at US$ 1,592,028. The Agency has also received FF 276,938 (US$ 39,248) in cash towards the hospitalization of Palestine refugees in the West Bank and an in-kind contribution (medical supplies and equipment) valued at US$ 14,023.
UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, provides basic education, health, relief and social services for 3.8 million Palestine refugees, of whom about 388,000 are registered with the Agency in Syria.