Tuesday, 31 March 2015
The United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Sigrid Kaag
visited today the Palestinian refugee camp of Ein El-Hilweh in south
Accompanied by the Acting Director of the UN Relief and Works Agency
for the Near East (UNRWA), Ms. Heli Uusikyla, the Special Coordinator met with
camp representatives who briefed her on the socio-economic and security
situation there. She also visited an UNRWA-managed health centre and school and
a women's centre.
"During the visit, camp
residents and officials briefed me on the challenges faced due to crowded
living conditions, unemployment and poverty. The United Nations, through UNRWA, will continue to assist where
it can and to seek critical support from donors. We hope new support will also
be forthcoming at the International Humanitarian Pledging Conference that is
taking place today in Kuwait," Ms. Kaag said during her visit. There are
some 55,500 Palestinian refugees in Ein El-Hilweh camp, in addition to over 6000
Palestinian Refugees from Syria. Noting the high demographic density, the
Special Coordinator hoped more could be done to ensure efficient shelter rehabilitation
inside the camp.
Ms. Kaag welcomed the role played by the joint security force in
maintaining stability in the camp and urged that cooperation between
Palestinian and Lebanese authorities continue to work to the benefit of both
Today's visit was the first by the Special Coordinator to Ein
El-Hilweh, the largest of the 12 Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon.