UNRWA - Members of the UNRWA staff union in Jordan gathered in Amman in December 2014 to hand over a US$ 175,000 cheque to UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl. UNRWA staff and students in Jordan collected the money and other in-kind gifts to demonstrate their solidarity with the people of Gaza. The donations were in response to the suffering caused by 50 days of hostilities in the Gaza Strip in July and August 2014, which left thousands dead or wounded, and more than 100,000 Palestine refugee homes estimated to be damaged or destroyed.
The donation has since been distributed to families in Gaza whose homes were damaged or destroyed during the conflict, as part of the UNRWA transitional shelter cash assistance programme. Shelter assistance is one of the most urgent needs among families in Gaza.
UNRWA Jordan Staff Union Chairman Riyad Zieghan expressed gratitude for the generosity of employees. “I celebrate all those who not only sacrificed one-days’ worth of wages, but mobilized their friends and families to give money and other in-kind gifts,” he said. Mr. Zieghan also complimented management and the finance team for supporting the Solidarity with Gaza campaign.
The Director of UNRWA Operations in Jordan, Roger Davies, underscored the good working relations between management and the staff union. “I applaud the exemplary leadership of the staff union, which fosters an environment of cooperation with management. This teamwork has yielded such commendable results as this support for Gaza,” Mr. Davies said.
Mr. Krähenbühl expressed his appreciation to the Jordan staff. He also paid tribute to the staff and people of Gaza. “I am impressed by the resilience of the people of Gaza and the staff of UNRWA, who daily left their families to help the almost 300,000 displaced Gazans who sought refuge at UNRWA schools at the peak of the conflict. Some of these staff lost their lives or property in the line of duty. Thank you Jordan staff for your solidarity with Gaza,” he said. Mr. Krähenbühl stressed the importance of never relegating the suffering of Palestinians to mere statistics. “The actual suffering of individual women, men and children must be highlighted so that everyone can take action,” he said.