Over the past 60 years, UNRWA has taken action to mitigate the effects of emergencies on refugees’ lives. The Agency’s work addresses the rapidly deteriorating political, socio-economic and security situation in Gaza and the West Bank since the outbreak of the second intifada in late 2000, as well as responding to crises in Lebanon.
The socio-economic situation in Gaza has steadily deteriorated since 2000. Tightened restrictions on movement of goods and people have led to private sector collapse and left hundreds of thousands of people unemployed. Society is being broken down as every aspect of people’s daily lives is affected.
More about emergency programmes in Gaza
The protracted humanitarian crisis in the West Bank has left the Palestinian population particularly vulnerable. UNRWA’s emergency work supports particularly vulnerable groups such as groups at risk of displacement, herders and women.
More about West Bank emergency relief
In Lebanon, UNRWA was called into action in the summer of 2007, following the total destruction of Nahr el-Bared Camp in northern Lebanon resulting from the conflict between the Lebanese Armed Forces and the extremist Fatah Al-Islam group.
More about the Nahr el-Bared crisis