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

Denmark donates around $1m to UNRWA Emergency Appeal for North Lebanon

Beirut – 01 February 2008: The Government of Denmark has announced it is donating approximately $1 million (DKK 5 million) to UNRWA’s Emergency A to cover the emergency needs of Palestinians affected by the Nahr El-Bared Conflict until the end of August 2008.

Thanks to the generosity of the Danish Government UNRWA will be able to respond to the emergency needs of 5.00 families affected by Nahr el Bared crisis.

On this occasion, the Director of UNRWA Affairs in Lebanon said that “this contribution will help the Agency cater for the needs of about 31.000 refugees that were displaced after the Nahr El Bared crisis and who need assistance until the reconstruction of Nahr El Bared camp has been completed”.

The Danish Ambassador to Lebanon, Jan Top Christensen said: “The humanitarian needs of the people affected by the Nahr El-Bared crisis remain acute and substantial. It is important that the international community does not forget its responsibility to support the people affected by the crisis. We have to make sure that the needs are met to avoid new incidents threatening the security not only in the camps but in Lebanon as such.”

In 2007, Denmark made a contribution to UNRWA’s General Fund of nearly $11 million and, in 2008, the Danish contribution will be increased by 15%. In addition to this, the Danish Government in 2007 made a contribution of $1 m in support for UNRWA’s work in the refugee camps in Lebanon in the framework of the Camp Improvement Initiative that aims at improving the living conditions of Palestinians in Lebanon.

Denmark is one of UNRWA’s major donors and a supporter of its work and services to Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, West Bank and Gaza in the fields of relief, education and health.

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