Field visit of Nordic Ambassadors to Ein El Hilweh Camp

12 October 2021
Nordic Ambassadors with UNICEF representative with children at the school with
UNICEF2021/Lebanon

Beirut, 12 October 2021 - A delegation composed of the Ambassador of Denmark, H.E. Mrs Merete Juhl, the Ambassador of Sweden, H.E Mrs. Ann Elsibat Dismorr, and the Deputy Head of the Norwegian mission, Mr. Svenn Wroldsen, visited today Ein El Hilweh Palestine refugee camp in south Lebanon. The delegation was accompanied by the Director of UNRWA Affairs, Lebanon, Mr. Claudio Cordone and UNICEF Representative in Lebanon, Ms. Yukie Mokuo.

At the UNRWA Sammou School in the camp, the delegation was briefed about the situation of Palestine refugees in Ein El Hilweh and UNRWA operations in the camp, specifically education and health, including the Agency’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.  The delegation heard from UNRWA students about their educational experiences, the challenges they are facing today, and their aspirations for the future. 

The delegation also met members of the Popular Committee with whom they discussed their concerns, in particular the difficulties in affording basic goods because of the high prices, the high rate of poverty and unemployment, the need to have regular cash assistance, and students’ needs to receive transport subsidies. 

At the UNRWA Health Centre in Ein El Hilweh camp, the delegation was introduced to the way the Agency has adjusted delivery of health services during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure continued access to health care for Palestine refugees. The delegation was also briefed about the COVID-19 vaccination centre in the clinic. 

Mr. Cordone said: “Palestine Refugees are among the worst affected by the multiple crises in the country. Many of them rely heavily on the services and cash assistance that they receive from the Agency. We are grateful to the delegates for their visit to Ein El Hilweh and their readiness to see for themselves the situation on the ground and UNRWA’s response, and listen to refugee community members. As always, we count on our partners’ continuous support and solidarity to alleviate the hardship Palestine Refugees are experiencing.” 

Ms. Mokuo said: “our visit to Ein El Hilweh today is to show our continuous support to the families living in this camp, families struggling to build a better life for their children in extremely challenging circumstances. During these difficult times, UNICEF is redoubling its efforts and working tirelessly to expand support to the most vulnerable children and families living in Lebanon.”

The visit was concluded with a visit to the Solidarity Association where the delegation participated in an awareness session for caregivers on positive parenting, led by the UNICEF Lebanon team.

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Chief of Communication
United Nations Children’s Fund Lebanon
Blanche Baz
Communication Specialist
United Nations Children’s Fund Lebanon

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