On Thursday, the United Nations announced that Germany would provide $6 million to Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.
This came in the words of the Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees “UNRWA” Philippe Lazzarini, who is visiting Lebanon.
Lazzarini said, in a statement published by “UNRWA” on its website, that Germany “provided $6 million to Palestine refugees in Lebanon.”
He explained that the UN agency “will be able to provide (German) cash assistance to the neediest and most vulnerable groups in order to prepare for the winter season.”
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According to the statement, the aid includes Palestine refugees from Syria (who live in Lebanon) and depend on monthly aid from UNRWA to survive.
Lazzarini described the humanitarian situation of Palestine refugees in Lebanon as “extremely dangerous. People are dying a slow death.”
He added, “During my visit, I met Palestine refugees who live in poverty, despair and lack of perspective.”
And he indicated that “many Palestinian refugees cannot afford the costs of medicines or participate in sharing the cost of treatment, especially for chronic diseases and cancer.”
He pointed out that “unprecedented levels of poverty and unemployment are the result of one of the worst economic crises in modern history.”
And Lazzarini added: “People are suffering in Lebanon, including Palestine refugees, and they are paying a price for what is not of their making.”
He continued, “As I was walking through dark streets due to prolonged power outages, I wondered if Lebanon had reached the point of no return?”
He added, “Last month, I made an appeal on behalf of Palestine refugees, highlighting their reaching rock bottom as a result of the harsh conditions in which they live.”
Lazzarini called on the countries of the world to “hear their voices and provide support to UNRWA in order to help Palestine refugees in their daily lives and to live in dignity.”
In 1949, UNRWA was established by a decision of the United Nations General Assembly to assist and protect Palestinian refugees in its five areas of operations in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, until a just solution to their issue is reached.