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UNHCR praises Kuwaiti Amir for donation to build village for Syrian refugees
February 6, 2014, 10:49 am

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) Regional Coordinator for Syria, Amin Awad, has hailed His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah for donating over five million dollars to build a village with full amenities to benefit the Syrian refugees in Jordan.

"We very much applaud the efforts of Kuwait and those of the Amir himself by taking continuous initiatives towards the humanitarian response to the Syrian refugee crisis," Awad told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), in remarks late on Wednesday.

He said "we (Agency) are very grateful for the Kuwait I Donor Conference in 2013 and the Kuwait II Donor Conference in 2014, and the pledges that Kuwait gave this year and the contributions it gave last year." Kuwait contributed US$ 300 million last year and pledged US$ 500 this year to assist over three million Syrian refugees in neighboring countries.

"The Amir himself has spearheaded these efforts which are very commendable, " Awad, who is based in Jordan, said, adding that at the refugee camp level, "we are very grateful for the support in Al-Zaatari (in Jordan) and Kilis (in Turkey), which is of great help to the refugees, their quality of life and their needs, especially in education, health and shelter." Awad also commended the Kuwaiti people and the civil society for their continuous generous support for the Syrian refugees.

"They (civil society) are in contact with us as UNHCR and at the headquarters' level (in Geneva) and at the field level in the (Syria's) surrounding countries," he said. According to Abdullah Al-Maatouq, Chairman of the International Islamic Charitable Organization (IICO) and envoy of the UN Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, who made the announcement yesterday, the proposed village will be within the boundaries of the Al-Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.

The village, similar to the one funded by the IICO in Kilis last June, will boast 1,000 housing units, a medical center, including a dental clinic, a mosque, and two fully-equipped schools.

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