UNRWA sanitation staff pump water out of one of the affected houses in Shaboura refugee camp in Rafah. © 2016 UNRWA Photo
27 January 2016
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza has assisted approximately 500 Palestine refugee families with non-food items (NFIs) and nylon plastic sheets to help them cope with the heavy rainfall and cold during this week’s winter storm. No casualties or injuries have been reported, although it is...
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© 2016 UNRWA Photo
21 January 2016
12 January –19 January 2016 | Issue 127 During the reporting week, UNRWA launched its US$ 817 million emergency appeals for Syria and the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) – both contexts that continue to experience the relentless effects of conflict, occupation and blockade. In the oPt, Palestine refugees are...
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Bedouin children from Khan al-Ahmar, located on the periphery of Jerusalem near Jericho. © 2013 UNRWA Photo by Alaa Ghosheh

In the oPt, Palestine refugees are exposed to the lasting consequences of an occupation now approaching 50 years. In Gaza, a decade-long blockade and repeated cycles of conflict has rendered the majority of the population dependent on aid to meet basic needs. Unemployment rates in the small...

Ea'tidal Al Najar, Photo credit: ©UNRWA
14 January 2016
UNRWA has released results of its reformed poverty assessment undertaken during the fourth quarter of 2015. An additional 12,767 families (48,833 persons) were added to the existing food assistance beneficiaries under the emergency food distribution
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A group of students from al-Maghazi Preparatory Girls School B attend an awareness session on early marriage at al-Maghazi WPC. One student, Raghda Abu Ma’liq, explains her point of view during discussions: “Education is really important for us; it’s the tool to achieve a better understanding of things, which at the end will lead to a better future too.” © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Tamer Hamam
08 January 2016
The annual ’16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign’ led by UN Women concluded in December 2015, but the topic remains relevant all year round. The campaign calls upon activists, governments and United Nations partners to mobilize people and highlight issues relevant to preventing and ending...
08 January 2016
With a generous contribution of EUR 250,000 (US$ 272,500) by the Italian Directorate General for Development Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Palestine refugees, through UNRWA and the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in Gaza, will benefit from outreach activities on safety...
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Fatima al Zaza watering a plant in her newly reconstructed home in eastern Gaza city.
06 January 2016
UNRWA starts the beginning of the year 2016 with a reflection on 12 months of intensive efforts to provide Palestine refugees in Gaza with support and assistance. The year 2015 remained overshadowed by the aftermath of the devastating 2014 conflict, an initially slow reconstruction process and the related ongoing...
Emergency Reports
31 December 2015
UNRWA was able to disburse approximately US$ 1.77 million in funding available for rental subsidies (US$ 1,694,600) and repair works of severely damaged shelters (US$ 70,068). The funds will reach a total of 7,443 refugee families across the Gaza Strip. The families will be able to access this assistance through local...
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23 December 2015
15 December – 22 December | Issue 124 On 17 December, the British Council organized a ceremony in Ramallah to celebrate the British Council International School Award (ISA) and thus the success of UNRWA schools and their curriculum. 70 UNRWA staff members from the Gaza Education Programme attended the celebration. In...
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A picture from the “The Long Journey” photo exhibition (21.11.15 – 10.1.16) held in the renowned BOZAR gallery in Brussels; the exhibition is based on photos from UNRWA archives and portrays the plight and journey of Palestine refugees since 1949.
20 December 2015
8 December – 15 December 2015 | issue 123 The above photo shows a picture from the “The Long Journey” photo exhibition (21.11.15 – 10.1.16) in the renowned BOZAR gallery in Brussels; the exhibition is based on photos from UNRWA archives and portrays the plight and journey of Palestine refugees since 1949. On 10...
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