The Government of Flanders has decided to allocate an extra €1 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). Minister-president Bourgeois made the announcement in Ramallah during a visit to the Palestinian territories and Israel on 6 May.
UNRWA provides humanitarian help to Palestinian refugees in the Near East The organisation offers services such as education, health care and housing to more than 5 million Palestinian refugees. Since 2004, Flanders has provided more than €2,5 million euros to the aid agency. Now the Government of Flanders is increasing this amount with €1 million euro.
“UNRWA’s work plays a vital role in working towards stability and peace throughout the region. Our partnership with UNRWA is therefore first and foremost an investment in peace,” according to Minister-president Bourgeois.
The purpose of the mission to Ramallah is to attend the Flemish-Palestinian week of culture ‘Under Construction’. Bourgeois also pledged an amount of 100.000 euros to creative projects in order to continue intercultural dialogue, enhanced by the festival. The money will be shared between the non-profit group Connexion, the Palestinian Circus and the Kamandjati Music School.
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