On World Refugee Day (June 20) and beyond, ask your members of Congress to work for the rights and dignity of refugees worldwide, including Palestinian refugees, and to restore U.S. funding to UNRWA immediately.
Background: World Refugee Day is dedicated to raising awareness about the situation of refugees and internally displaced persons worldwide. More than 70 million people have been forced from their homes due to war, violence and other reasons.
This includes 5.4 million Palestinian refugees for whom the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) was established to provide education, health care and other critical services. In Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, the West Bank, and Gaza, UNRWA educates more than 500,000 students and provides food assistance to 1.7 million people.
Last year, the Trump administration announced that it would cut all U.S. support for UNRWA. The administration also proposed a dramatic cut to Migration and Refugee Assistance worldwide. As members of Congress work on the Fiscal Year 2020 spending bills, please ask them to ensure that funding is restored to UNRWA and refugee programs generally.
Faith reflection: “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it” (Hebrews 13:2).
Action: Ask your members of Congress to work for the rights and dignity of refugees worldwide, including Palestinian refugees, and to restore U.S. funding to UNRWA immediately.
Action alert created June 20, 2019 by Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach, director. Adapted from an alert created by the Faith Forum on Middle East Policy, a network in which the MCC U.S. Washington Office participates.