Brazil Donates 11.500 Tons of Rice Stocks to UNRWA

JERUSALEM, April 28, 2013 (WAFA) – Brazil’s major rice producing state, Rio Grande do Sul, through the Federal Government of Brazil, donated 11.500 metric tons of rice stocks to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), said an UNRWA press release on Sunday.

Rio Grande do Sul Governor, Tarso Genro said in Shufa’at refugee camp, in Jerusalem “I am delighted to be here among the Palestinian refugees who will benefit from this food produced in my state.”

Genro said that it was important for him to come and see for himself the conditions the refugees face in this divided city, under occupation and annexation.

He said, “I bring with me the support – financial and political – of the people I represent, in the hope that this forgotten refugee population will find justice.”

The supplies, which represent all of UNRWA’s rice needs for this year, will be distributed across the areas where the Agency works: the occupied Palestinian territory (Gaza and the West Bank), Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.

UNRWA’s Executive Director, Filippo Grandi, said that Brazil is a major supporter of UNRWA and this donation is further evidence of that.

He said, “We will certainly be putting these supplies from Brazil’s food surplus to good use.”

Source: WAFA News