|A refugee diary|
|10 June 2012|
The recent hot, dry winds made me think that summer was coming early this year. I started thinking of things like summer clothes for the kids, the joys of showering in cool water and sitting on the beach with the children, and playing in the sand
|Refugees crowd behind ‘five-star’ checks|
|10 June 2012|
IPS – A group of Palestinian Jerusalemites steps down from a crowded bus to let two Israeli soldiers climb aboard to check identity cards, below the aluminum roof of this newly operational checkpoint terminal.
|Dignity and determination: one man’s attempts to overcome political and personal obstacles|
|08 June 2012|
Mohammed Sahwal is 46-year-old father of ten living in Bureij camp in the Gaza strip. In 2005, Mohammed decided to start his own carpentry business, and with assistance from the YMCA, he was able to purchase all the necessary machinery to begin the project.
|Women in Gaza take aim at domestic violence|
|03 May 2012|
More than a third of women living in the Gaza Strip are exposed to physical abuse in their homes, according to a 2011 violence survey by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics.
|Growing up in a crowded Gaza refugee camp|
|31 January 2012|
“It’s my right to have a decent and healthy house. It is my right to live in dignity.” Ten year-old Aya reads these words in her human rights textbooks as she prepares for exams.
|Refusal to grant travel documents traps family in Gaza for 10 years|
|30 January 2012|
10 December was International Human Rights Day, the day the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted. To mark the day, OHCHR (oPT) and UNRWA are putting the spotlight on human rights stories and rights violations in the occupied Palestinian territory.
|Economic situation of refugees in Gaza remains of concern despite improved indicators|
|07 December 2011|
A new report by UNRWA has found evidence that in spite of Gaza’s construction industry experiencing a period of relatively “expanded activity” due to the tunnel economy, the situation of some 1 million refugees registered with the Agency remains of concern.
|Saudi Arabia pledges $71 million for Gaza housing|
|11 August 2011|
Saudi Arabia through the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) will finance refugee housing in Rafah, Gaza, to the tune of US$ 71.5 million.
|Response to Caroline Glick article in Jerusalem Post |
|27 July 2011|
I write to thank Caroline Glick for her article which makes clear the importance of the refugees in any possible peaceful dispensation and the importance of continued generous American support for UNRWA’s efforts to promote human development and universal values in this key constituent for peace, until a just and durable solution can be found to their plight, based on international law and UN resolutions.
|New from UNRWA – July 2011|
|26 July 2011|
UNRWA’s new publications this month include a focus on youth outreach in microfinance and an analysis of the labour market in Gaza and the West Bank.