Earlier this year, the United States administration cut its funding to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine (UNRWA), an international humanitarian aid effort to relief the Palestinians living in the Gaza strip and uphold their civil and human rights.
In an article published by the United Nations, it became clear that this lack of funding became a ‘severe catastrophe’ for the people of Gaza whose economy is collapsing due tothe Israeli administration’s chokehold on Palestinian markets, the World Bank warns.
The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine #UNRWA reports there have been major cuts to humanitarian funding, leaving millions without electricity, including some hospital emergency rooms. The regions’ humanitarian coordinator has called the crisis “a severe catastrophe” Watch: pic.twitter.com/lEZBusYeGl
— UN News (@UN_News_Centre) October 23, 2018
Canada has, earlier this month, pledged to contribute $US 38 million to the UNRWA to make up for its loss of funding, a move meant to “bring stability to the region by helping Palestinians cope with poverty, unemployment and food insecurity,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs in an article by the CBC.
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