The U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees is asking Arab nations for funds after the Trump administration cut tens of millions of dollars of aid money.
UNRWA’s chief, Pierre Krähenbühl, spoke to an Arab League meeting of foreign ministers Thursday in Cairo, saying the U.S. cut “is the most severe crisis” in the agency’s history.
So far, Kuwait is the only Arab country to answer the agency’s appeal for financial help. Ten others — Russia and nine European countries — have also pledged to speed up their contributions
UNRWA, which serves some 5 million Palestinian refugees and their descendants, had a budget of over $1 billion last year, with the U.S. being the largest donor, giving a third of the total budget. The Trump administration withheld half of the first installment of payments this year, demanding reforms as a condition for future aid.
Krähenbühl asserted that the U.S. action was politically motivated, and not due to a need for reforms.