Gaza human rights film on tour in United States

27 April 2011

27 April 2011

Something to Prove, an UNRWA documentary following the journey of two groups of teenagers as they travel from Gaza to the United States, is being shown in 25 cities throughout the US in April and May.

The film is being shown as part of the 2011 Palestine Film Festival, organized by the American Association for Palestinian Equal Rights (AAPER), based in Washington DC.

View the schedule on the AAPER website (click on a city to find screening dates)

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 more than US$ 106  million.

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