UNRWA strike leaves Palestinian refugees helpless

United Nations Relief and Works Agency workers in the West Bank have been on strike over a lack of funds.

UNRWA strike leaves Palestinian refugees helpless

World Bulletin / News Desk

Workers for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in the West Bank have been on strike for more than 40 days due to a lack of funding. However, it is the Palestinian people of the West Bank who have had to suffer the burden of the strike.

The UN has declared that as many as 151,000 students have not been able to attend school in the refugee camps, with some 132,000 people unable to gain access to 42 health clinics. It is believed that everyday around 5,000 patients are unable to receive necessary medical care. Trash has also been piling up in the camps.

The UN agency has severely been affected by an economic crisis, which has seen the price of resources sky rocket. Funding for the organization in the West Bank has also dwindled as funds are being diverted to Syria, where aid is more urgently needed. This leaves the West Bank team unable to support the 19 camps that shelter around 740,000 Palestinians in the region.

While the UNRWA’s West Bank director Felipe Sanchez has said that it is unfair that workers are demanding higher salaries while the organization is so stretched, more than 20 employees of the UNRWA job creation program are on hunger strikes to protest against the termination of their short-term contracts.

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