House committee, UNRWA director review the agency's plans

[13-01-2022 11:23 AM]

Ammon News - The Lower House Palestine Committee on Wednesday discussed with Director of United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) Affairs in Jordan, Marta Lorenzo, and the Director General of the Department of Palestinian Affairs (DPA), Rafiq Khirfan, the reality of services provided to Palestinian refugee camps in the Kingdom.

The committee's head, MP Mohammad Zahrawi, said the panel is "closely" following up on the outstanding issues with (UNRWA), which are important to refugees and employees, foremost are the policy of austerity that affected the main services provided to refugees in the education, health and relief fields.

According to a committee's statement, Zahrawi said the panel supports the agency’s workers’ demands, which are represented in hiring more environmental health workers in refugee camps and increasing the number of beneficiaries from the social relief program, to alleviate the effects of poverty in the camps.

The lawmaker also demanded UNRWA to oversee the camps' community development centers and provide financial support to them, highlighting their humanitarian role, especially with regard to extending care for people with special needs.

The MP lauded importance of UNRWA's role, adding that the improvement of the services level and the agency employees' conditions is in line with Jordan's "firm" stance towards the Palestinian cause, which is at the top of the Kingdom's priorities internally and externally.

Pointing to the committee's efforts to hold an international conference to support (UNRWA), he called on the agency's officials to visit the camps, to learn about their problems and challenges.

For their part, Lorenzo and Kharfan stressed the need for continuous contact between UNRWA and the Lower House, with the aim of finding solutions to the agency's problems, and meeting the refugees' and staff's needs.

The two officials referred to Jordan's role, under the leadership of His Majesty King Abdullah II, in international forums in defending the Palestinian cause and the refugees' right to a "decent" life.

In turn, Lorenzo said UNRWA works on two main axes: political and service, adding that the political side confirms the agency's adherence to the legitimate decisions of the two-state solution and the refugee problem.

The service side works to improve living life and infrastructure in the camps, he noted.

Lorenzo briefed the committee on a project submitted by a donor country for solid waste management and recycling project in Al Baqa’a camp in Balqa governorate, in addition to hiring 50 teachers on a permanent basis, who were earlier working on a daily system.

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