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Jordan- UN agencies call for boosting response to refugee crisis


(MENAFN- Jordan News Agency) Amman, May 31 (Petra)--The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) confirmed that the regional refugee plan to boost response to crises in 2018 needs a total of $ 5.6 billion to provide assistance to more than 9 million refugees and members of the most vulnerable groups of host community.

In a press conference in Amman on Thursday, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Program (WFP) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), warned of the lack of funding for aid programs for Syrian refugees and their host countries.

The UNHCR said partners of the regional refugee plan are working to support national efforts to meet the needs of vulnerable refugees and host communities, highlighting the challenges facing many refugees and members of vulnerable host communities in providing jobs, securing food and sending children to school.

"United Nations organizations have appealed for $ 5.6 billion to support Syrian refugees in the region, but only 18 to 20 percent of the appeal has been received," said Amin Awad, director of the Middle East and North Africa department at the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Funding for UNHCR's programs varies from state to country, with Jordan and Lebanon facing critical gaps in funding at the level of basic programs where the number of refugees per capita among the highest in the world, the UNHCR said.

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