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Indonesia to contribute $1 million for Palestinian refugees

March 6, 2019 4:20 P.M. (Updated: March 7, 2019 3:29 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Indonesia announced a $1 million contribution for Palestinian refugees, according to a press release by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), on Wednesday.

The press release said that Indonesian Foreign Minister, Retno Marsudi, visited the UNRWA headquarters in the Jordanian capital of Amman where she met with Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl, during which Marsudi announced a $1 million contribution for Palestinian refugees, representing a five-fold increase of Indonesia’s support to UNRWA.

Marsudi said, “Palestine is at the heart of Indonesia’s foreign policy, and in the heart of Indonesian people. I know that UNRWA is facing another difficult year, so I wanted to come to you to show Indonesia’s support, hoping that this will attract increased support by other countries.”

Marsudi also visited an UNRWA school in Amman New Camp, meeting students and visiting a family of Palestine refugees, and conveyed a message of commitment and empowerment to female students.

Krahenbuhl expressed gratitude for Indonesia’s important partnership, saying “Our appreciation goes to Minister Marsudi, to the government, and people of Indonesia for the remarkable political and financial support to UNRWA. Today’s visit represents a source of great encouragement for our students and all our staff. We value the increase in funding and Indonesia’s important advocacy for the dignity of Palestine refugees in diverse international fora.”

The agreement will help provide important health services to about 29,000 Palestinian refugees and food assistance to over 9,500 individuals, living in and around Jerash refugee camp in Jordan.

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