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UNHCR: 85% of Syria families in Jordan live below poverty line

May 29, 2018 at 1:21 pm

Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp which is home to 80,000 Syrian refugees [Save the Children]

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Jordan said as many as 85 per cent of the Syrian refugee families in Jordan live below the poverty line.

A UNHCR spokesman in Jordan, Mohammed Al-Hawari said that 30,000 Syrian refugee families are threatened with aid cuts if the financial deficit being experience by the organization continues, noting that the Commission has provided only 28 per cent of the Syrian refugees’ response needs in the region during the first half of 2018.

Al-Hawari explained that the UNHCR has estimated its need for cash assistance at about $6 million per month, equivalent to $250 for one family of five people.

To reach its funding goals, the international body has launched a media campaign during the holy month of Ramadan to highlight the suffering of refugees in camps and beyond.

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