The UN body providing relief and development aid to millions of Palestine refugees is facing the largest crisis in its history, following the Trump administration’s decision to stop contributing to its budget. The UN Relief and Works Agency has for nearly seven decades supported about five million registered refugees and their descendants. But on August 31 the US State Department announced that the US would stop all donations to the agency, calling it an “irredeemably flawed operation” that perpetuated a “endlessly crisis-driven service provision model.” UNRWA’s commissioner-general Pierre Krähenbühl has called the US rationale for the cuts “disingenuous at best” and a “politicisation of humanitarian aid”. The full cancellation of all US funding to UNRWA comes seven months after it first started withholding funds, and just days after the State Department announced the US would cut $200m in direct development assistance to Palestinians through USAid. With UNRWA facing one of the most intensely difficult moments in its history, what repercussions will be felt by Palestine refugees who rely on it? Join The Stream at 1930 GMT to find out. TWITTER: FACEBOOK: GOOGLE+: Subscribe to our channel


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