Spanish Students Visit Aida Camp

27 March 2014
Spanish Students Visit Aida CampSpanish Students Visit Aida CampSpanish Students Visit Aida Camp

West Bank
 On 18 March, a UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) delegation brought over a dozen Spanish students from different Catalan universities to the Palestine refugee camp of Aida, in the West Bank. It was the first time these students had visited a refugee camp, where they saw young people like them living in extremely different conditions.
 Amjad Abu Laban, Chief Area Officer for the South, welcomed the delegation in the Aida boys’ school and told them about the conditions of the camp and the services UNRWA provides for Palestine refugees. Touring Aida, the Spanish students took photos and played catch with the young refugee boys. They learned about the security threats facing all camp residents, including children and youth, for whom they pose a risk to their education.
 At the Lajea Centre, the Spanish students met young Palestine refugees and listened to their stories about daily life, their challenges and their dreams. On their way home, the students stopped at the gate of the camp to take a picture with their companions, a reminder of the kinship between students and young people all over the world.

Background Information

UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions, and financial support has not kept pace with an increased demand for services caused by growing numbers of registered refugees, deepening poverty and conflict. As a result, the UNRWA General Fund, which supports core essential services and most staffing costs, operates with a large deficit. UNRWA emergency programmes and key projects, also operating with large deficits, are funded through separate funding portals. 

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

For more information, please contact:

Christopher Gunness
Spokesperson, Director of Advocacy & Strategic Communications
+972 (0)54 240 2659
+972 (0)2 589 0267
Sami Mshasha
Chief of Communications, Arabic Language Spokesperson
+972 (0)54 216 8295
+972 (0)2 589 0724

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