UN needs $80 million for schools for Palestinian refugees

Last year, a $101 million shortfall in the budget of the agency, known as UNRWA, almost led to a delay in starting school. (File photo: AP)

The head of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees expressed hope Tuesday that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait will come up with $80 million to ensure that 500,000 boys and girls who are refugees can start the next school year on time in August.

Last year, a $101 million shortfall in the budget of the agency, known as UNRWA, almost led to a delay in starting school.

Pierre Krahenbuhl told a news conference Tuesday that the three Gulf countries came to the rescue last year and he hopes they will “renew the generosity this year.”

“If we could have that, then we will be able to avoid another crisis this summer,” he said.
 

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