“Towards a safe life” summer camp for young women in Iraq Burin ends

13 July 2011

13 July 2011
West Bank

The protection and mental health programme at UNRWA, in cooperation with the local community, concluded a first-of-its-kind ‘Safe life for young women’ summer camp. One hundred young girls from various age groups took part.

The camp was organised in Iraq Burin, where UNRWA provides services and humanitarian assistance to more than 500 registered refugees. The camp was organised in an effort to assist vulnerable groups, living in areas that witness settler violence, land confiscation, demolitions and arrests.

“I am extremely happy to participate in this camp since it provides me with a place to meet my friends during the summer vacation,” says Iman, 16.

Baher Faqeeh, a volunteer in the camp, adds: “Working in the camp has enabled me to enhance the skills of these young girls, and try to find a way to release the pressure of everyday life in this village.”

Iraq Burin is located in the south of Nablus, and lacks many psycho-social services. The camp provided entertainment activities, sports, skills to better cope with conflict, self confidence, and an overview on the local organisations that deal with legal and women’s issues, along with raising their awareness about violence, sexual abuse and family disputes. The camp provided them with a chance to produce a theatrical play on the current situation of the village.

The camp included many other topics shared by professionals in the field. The Norwegian Refugee Council presented the rights and laws applied to residents of Area C, and WCLAC (women’s center for legal aid) explained UN resolution 1325 on the protection of women’s rights in zones of conflict, and Ansar NGO talked about children’s rights.

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Background Information

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, and microfinance.

Financial support to UNRWA has not kept pace with an increased demand for services caused by growing numbers of registered refugees, expanding need, and deepening poverty. As a result, the Agency's General Fund (GF), supporting UNRWA’s core activities and 97 per cent reliant on voluntary contributions, has begun each year with a large projected deficit. Currently the deficit stands at US$ 100 million.

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