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31 May 2008 description


On 23 May, Saudi Arabia announced an extraordinary US$500 million donation to WFP, enabling the UN agency to meet its call for US$755 million to compensate for the increased costs of food and fuel.

29 May 2008 description

Amman, 29 May 2008 - Japan today announced that it will contribute 5.7 million US dollars (Yen 600 million) to UNRWA's regular food programme for 2008 to 2009. The programme caters to the needs of the most vulnerable Palestine refugees in the five fields of UNRWA operations (the Gaza Strip, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the West Bank).

"With this contribution, Japan and its people are once again demonstrating their strong commitment to the well-being of Palestine refugees", said UNRWA Commissioner-General, Karen AbuZayd.

28 May 2008 description

World Emergency Relief (WER) is sending food and humanitarian aid, including clothes and blankets, to Iraqi refugees in Jordan.

The goods were donated to WER and our partner agency Glasgow the Caring City (GtCC) by businesses across the UK and will be distributed to families in Jordan through local Jordanian charity IOMERD.

WER has been working in close partnership with IOMERD since 2006 and has shipped more than 100 tons of humanitarian aid to Jordan for distribution to Iraqi refugee families as well as local Jordanian families who are suffering similar levels of hardship due to the …

27 May 2008 description

AMMAN, Jordan, May 27 (UNHCR) - Amid rising food and energy prices, exacerbated by the withdrawal of state fuel subsidies, the UN refugee agency will find it increasingly difficult to help the growing numbers of Iraqi refugees in need of assistance in Jordan.

Vulnerable Jordanians and Iraqis have been particularly hard hit by the economic developments.

22 May 2008 description

Author: Greg Bruno

The plight of Iraq's refugees, often overlooked amid the ongoing challenges of reconstruction and redevelopment, has surfaced as a major policy challenge for the United States and Iraq as nongovernmental organizations, aid groups, and lawmakers demand more be done to address the problem. The United Nations estimates that three decades of war and internal conflict have uprooted nearly five million Iraqis. Despite a clear and present need for action, however, a political consensus on a new policy toward these refugees remains elusive. As Rep. Gary L.

09 May 2008 description

GENEVA - Faced with a looming funding shortfall, the UN refugee agency warned today that it could soon be forced to reduce and in some cases to halt a number of assistance programs for hundreds of thousands of Iraqi refugees unless donor governments provide additional support.

Agency officials told a donor meeting at UNHCR headquarters in Geneva that they lack $127 million required for assistance programs for uprooted people in and around Iraq through the end of the year.

"We will not be able to help hundreds of thousands of the most vulnerable Iraqi refugees and internally …

07 May 2008 description

Capitol Hill - I extend my warm appreciation to Congressman Kucinich for kindly organising this hearing. Thanks also to his staff for their help in preparing it. The invitation reflects a growing interest on Capitol Hill in the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

01 May 2008 description

By Randa Jamal

The Third Expanded Ministerial Conference of the Neighboring Countries of Iraq held in Kuwait on April 22, 2008, highlighted several central themes, but most prominently regional dialogue and the role of neighboring countries in promoting stability in Iraq. Succeeding in achieving several constructive steps, the conference also generated a momentum among participants for working towards a peaceful, stable and developed Iraq. Both regional and international partners echoed these sentiments and goals.