Humanitarian assistance should never be politicized, but that's what happened when the United States, UNRWA's largest donor for decades, suddenly defunded the Agency in 2018.
In response, runners and refugees from Palestine are participating in the first-ever Relay Run for Refugees, a 250-mile relay run from NYC to DC, hosted by UNRWA USA in partnership with Right to Movement Palestine.
The intention behind what is being called “the run of the century” is to urge the US government to put humanitarian assistance ahead of politics and back in line with American values; doing so would ensure Palestine refugees, who have nowhere else to turn, have uninterrupted access to education, food assistance, healthcare, and other programs.
The relay will begin on Friday, September 20, in NYC at the start of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and end on Wednesday, September 25, in Washington, DC. Each day of running will conclude with a ‘Refugees Reimagined’ storytelling event hosted by community partners in Clifton, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Wilmington, Delaware, and Baltimore, Maryland.
the event line-up
the runners aim to raise $100,000 for urgent humanitarian assistance for Palestine refugees
advocacy day on capitol hill september 26
On Thursday, 9/26, the relay runners will be joined by UNRWA alumni, people who attended UNRWA schools and now live in the United States, for our first-ever Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill.
This event includes meetings with key lawmakers and their staff to educate them on how UNRWA's work represents a good humanitarian investment that also supports the national security interests of our country.
national gaza 5k walk/run washington dc
This historic week of actions culminates on Saturday, 9/28 for the national Gaza 5K walk/run which is being held at DC’s Rock Creek Park .
This annually held event raises funds for UNRWA mental health services for Palestine refugee children in the Gaza Strip, thanks to supporters from all around the US who step up and take action by fundraising for the cause.
At the Gaza 5K, you will have the exciting opportunity to meet the Right to Movement Palestine runners and the UNRWA alumni that have come to DC from far and wide.