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UNRWA launched the 10th edition of Palestiniadi in Siblin Training Centre, Lebanon. © 2018 UNRWA Photo by Nay El-Helou
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), launched today the 10th Palestiniadi (Palestinian Olympics). This year, with the support of the European Union, some 350 Lebanese nationals and Palestine refugees from Lebanon and Syria, including 75 students with disabilities, will compete in a team sporting competition. The Palestiniadi will be held over a three-day period between 13 and 15 April in the Siblin Training Centre, Lebanon. During the opening ceremony, Director of UNRWA Affairs in Lebanon, Claudio Cordone,lit the Palestiniadi torch,...
Jarah al-Hawamdeh 2018
When Jarah al-Hawamdeh was having treatment for bone cancer, he lay awake at night dreaming of his future as a mountaineer. He was just 15 years old and suffering lengthy bouts of insomnia after doctors amputated his right leg. But Jarah refused to let this ruin his life. The Palestine refugee student from the al-Jofeh in South Amman was determined to turn his situation around. He has since become a certified climber and this week begins his greatest climbing challenge - trekking to the Mount Everest base camp. “It gave me the opportunity to be anything I wanted. It made me special,” says...
Tala Al Masri, a Palestine refugee student in Grade 6, sits among her class mates at the UNRWA Zaytoun Elementary Co-Ed B school in Gaza. The school is adopted by the United Arab Emirates.  © 2018 UNRWA Photo by Mohammed Hinnawi
Sitting at the front of the classroom, 11-year-old Tala Al-Masri, is bright-eyed and attentive as she pursues her dream of an education at the UNRWA Zaytoun Elementary Co-Ed B School in Gaza. In spite of being born with a severe visual impairment, leaving her with little light in her eyes, Tala's passion for learning has been clear since she was a child. "Tala is one of the most active and wonderful students in the school,” her school principal Itaf Adel Hadi describes her. Born at the onset of the stifling Gaza blockade as a Palestine refugee, Tala has been exposed to poverty, deprivations...
UNRWA students participate at the kite flying event held at Khan Younis Training Centre in Gaza, in solidarity with the people of Japan. © 2018 UNRWA Photo by Rushdi Sarraj
On 13 March 2018, over 1,000 Palestine refugee students from four UNRWA schools in Khan Younis, Gaza, gathered to fly kites of hope in commemoration of the seventh anniversary of the most powerful earthquake ever recorded to hit Japan. For the seventh year, messages of continued empathy and solidarity soared into the skies of Gaza. The Kites of Hope festival was held at the Khan Younis Training Centre in southern Gaza. UNRWA Director of Operations (DUO) in Gaza, Mr. Matthias Schmale, the Ambassador for Palestinian Affairs and Representative of Japan to Palestine, Mr. Takeshi Okubo, as well as...
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