UNRWA opens photo exhibition in Jordan

12 July 2011


UNRWA Deputy Commissioner-General Margot Ellis opened a photo exhibition entitled “What you don’t know about my life” at Zara Centre in Amman on Sunday, in the presence of the Ambassador and head of delegation of the European Union to Jordan, Mrs Joanna Wronecka.

Speaking in the ceremony, HE Mrs Joanna Wronecka said: “I am happy to be with you today, sharing the humanitarian feelings towards the Palestinian refugees and their sufferings. It is great opportunity that was made available for Palestine refugees to show their talent.”

Ms Margot Ellis said: “I would like to thank the European Union, whose funding of this exhibit is yet another demonstration of the strong commitment and support Palestine refugees receive from the EU.”

UNRWA organised a photography competition in May 2011 with funding from the European Union. Young Palestinians throughout the Middle East were tasked with creating a photo series that would give an insight into how they live, on the theme "What you don‘t know about my life".

Photo exhibitions were organized in the West Bank, Lebanon and Jordan to display 30 pictures taken by six different Palestine refugees telling six different stories.

Bilal Al-Talawi, from Khan Younis, Gaza, winner of an honourable mention, said: “These are only five pictures, out of millions of untold stories.”

UNRWA has organised its second film competition to mark World Refugee Day. At the ceremony, films by Afnan Ahmad Abdullah and Mais Salman, winners of honourable mentions in the competition, were screened.

The exhibition at Zara is open to the public and will run until 16 July.

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.

For more information, please contact:

Anwar Abu-Sakieneh
Public Information Officer - Jordan Field Office
+962 (0) 79 5671 888
+962 (0) 79 5671 888

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