UN calls for more support for refugees ‘dying a slow death’ in Lebanon

GAZA CITY, GAZA - NOVEMBER 26: Commissioner General of the United Nations Palestine Refugee Agency (UNRWA) Philippe Lazzarini makes a speech as he holds a press conference following his visit in Gaza City, Gaza on November 26, 2020. ( Ali Jadallah - Anadolu Agency )

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has called for more support to help the organisation assist vulnerable Palestinian refugee families, amid the deteriorating financial situation in Lebanon. "The humanitarian situation of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon is extremely alarming," UNRWA's Commissioner General, Philippe Lazzarini, said yesterday. The UN official also emphasised the harsh living conditions in Lebanon amid a rise in poverty and unemployment, worsened by the spread of cholera. Following his return from a field visit to meet with refugees in Lebanon, he said, "People are dying a slow death, as many are unable to afford medicines or co-share the cost of treatment especially for chronic diseases and cancer. Levels of poverty and unemployment are unprecedented due to […] Source

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