3 May 2011
UNRWA has launched a mobile cinema project for Bedouin communities living in Area C, the 60 per cent of the West Bank under full Israeli control.
The project will raise these groups’ awareness of and resilience to forced displacement, and enhance community cohesion and mobilisation. It also tries to strengthen coping strategies of Area C herding communities who face forced displacement on a continual basis.
Carried out as part of UNRWA’s protection programme, it will be implemented in the various herding communities of the West Bank, namely Jericho, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Hebron. It will target 15 communities living in Rashaydeh, Rawain in Bethlehem, Masafer Bani Naim, Khishmet al Daraj, Um Al Khayr, and Dakayka in Hebron, Wadi abu Hini, Anata, and Khan Al Ahmar in Jerusalem along others.
UNRWA is carrying out this project in partnership with the Palestine Cinema Arts Association (PCAA) in Ramallah. The mobile cinema will show documentaries on human rights and the rights of minorities, and films on the herding communities in the Middle East and elsewhere who experience similar living conditions. It will also screen movies for children and young adults.
The project is funded by the European Commission’s humanitarian aid department (ECHO) and amounts to US $10,500 through which approximately 750 members of the community will benefit.
UNRWA provides assistance, protection and advocacy for some 4.8 million registered Palestine refugees in the region, pending a solution to their plight. The Agency‘s services encompass education, health care, social safety-net, camp infrastructure and improvement, community support, microfinance and emergency response, including in times of armed conflict.
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