People walk near the UNRWA office at the Whedat Refugee camp northeast of Amman, Jordan, 27 November 2018 | Photo: EPA/ANDRE PAIN
Dozens of Palestinian refugees have joined a vigil held outside of the office of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to protest their dire humanitarian conditions and precarious legal status.
The refugees lifted banners calling for their basic rights and for urgent humanitarian action to save their children’s fate.
UNRWA officials reportedly noted down the refugees’ demands and pledged to take serious measures in response to their appeals.
UNRWA said Palestinian refugees in Jordan are highly vulnerable and hundreds of recorded refugees are members of female-headed households, which increases their vulnerability.
Palestinian refugees who have entered from conflict zones, including Syria, to Jordan irregularly are living under continuous risk of arrest, detention and potential for forced deportation. Their lack of legal status and corresponding protection risks in Jordan are a source of major concern.