The Japanese government has contributed USD10 million to the operations of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East. The money will specifically finance education, health and social services provided by UNRWA in Gaza and the West Bank.
The funding was announced during the Jan. 23 visit of Japan’s ambassador to Jordan, Tetsuo Shioguchi, and UNRWA Commissioner-General Filippo Grandi at the Women’s Program Center inside the Jabal el-Hussein refugee camp in Amman, according to a UNRWA press release. Grandi said the donation will benefit nearly 270,000 children in the agency’s schools in the two Palestinian-occupied areas.
“Japan is very concerned about the impact of UNRWA’s serious financial crisis and hopes this grant will contribute to alleviating the hardship of Palestine refugees,” Shioguchi said. “Japan will continue to support education and primary health care because we have the strong belief that the Palestinian children hold the future of Palestine in their hands.”