US defunding of Palestinian refugee agency creates crisis for Jordan

US defunding of Palestinian refugee agency creates crisis for Jordan

US defunding of Palestinian refugee agency creates crisis for JordanAlthough never great with numbers, Ahmed Ibrahim says every day he sees the impact of a budget deficit on his home. Because of staff shortages at the local UNRWA health clinic, Mr. Ibrahim must now wait up to six hours to see a nurse for his chronic cough – often times he is only seen for a total of three minutes. Trash in front of his home and across the camp has been piling up since March, when UNRWA, the UN relief agency administering to Palestinian refugees, was forced to lay off most of its part-time street cleaners and sanitation workers following an initial round of US funding cuts.

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