The Republic of Korea shows its continued support to refugees in Jordan through UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, with a US $1 million contribution.
Amman, 17 August 2022 – The Republic of Korea shows its continued support to refugees in Jordan through UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, with a US $1 million contribution, signed today by the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Jordan, H.E. Lee Jae-Wan, and UNHCR Representative to Jordan, Dominik Bartsch.
Through this flexible contribution, UNHCR will be able to provide cash assistance to vulnerable Syrian refugee families in Jordan, who have been struggling to cover the most basic needs such as food after COVID-19 and the cost-of-living crisis hit their family economies hard. Korea’s support comes in at a critical moment, as UNHCR’s recent vulnerability radar (VAF) has shown that 90 percent of refugees in Jordan have been resorting to negative coping mechanisms to make ends meet. This includes dropping children out of school to work, while more than 60 percent of refugees are now cutting essential food expenses. This new funding will also contribute to UNHCR’s wider protection response and will help prevent a deteriorating humanitarian situation.
“These are challenging times, where every contribution helps alleviate the suffering of the thousands of refugees, who have been deeply impacted by the changing economic situation and the skyrocketing food and utility costs”, said UNHCR’s Representative Dominik Bartsch.
“As an old friend of Jordan, Korea has tried to share the burden of hosting Syrian refugees for humanitarian purposes. I sincerely hope that Korea’s contribution aid can relieve the difficulties of the Syrian refugee families in need,” said H.E. Lee Jae-Wan, the Korean Ambassador to Jordan.
UNHCR is grateful for the continuous support from the Korean people and is calling on the donor community to help close the gap between needs and available assistance, allowing UNHCR and its humanitarian partners to continue its vital protection and assistance for the most vulnerable refugees in Jordan.
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