“Towards a safe life” summer camp for young women in Iraq Burin ends

13 July 2011

13 July 2011
West Bank

The protection and mental health programme at UNRWA, in cooperation with the local community, concluded a first-of-its-kind ‘Safe life for young women’ summer camp. One hundred young girls from various age groups took part.

The camp was organised in Iraq Burin, where UNRWA provides services and humanitarian assistance to more than 500 registered refugees. The camp was organised in an effort to assist vulnerable groups, living in areas that witness settler violence, land confiscation, demolitions and arrests.

“I am extremely happy to participate in this camp since it provides me with a place to meet my friends during the summer vacation,” says Iman, 16.

Baher Faqeeh, a volunteer in the camp, adds: “Working in the camp has enabled me to enhance the skills of these young girls, and try to find a way to release the pressure of everyday life in this village.”

Iraq Burin is located in the south of Nablus, and lacks many psycho-social services. The camp provided entertainment activities, sports, skills to better cope with conflict, self confidence, and an overview on the local organisations that deal with legal and women’s issues, along with raising their awareness about violence, sexual abuse and family disputes. The camp provided them with a chance to produce a theatrical play on the current situation of the village.

The camp included many other topics shared by professionals in the field. The Norwegian Refugee Council presented the rights and laws applied to residents of Area C, and WCLAC (women’s center for legal aid) explained UN resolution 1325 on the protection of women’s rights in zones of conflict, and Ansar NGO talked about children’s rights.

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Background Information

UNRWA is confronted with an increased demand for services resulting from a growth in the number of registered Palestine refugees, the extent of their vulnerability and their deepening poverty. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions and financial support has been outpaced by the growth in needs. As a result, the UNRWA Programme Budget, which supports the delivery of core essential services, operates with a large shortfall. UNRWA encourages all Member States to work collectively to exert all possible efforts to fully fund the Agency’s Programme Budget. UNRWA emergency programmes and key projects, also operating with large shortfalls, 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 and lasting solution to their plight. UNRWA services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, protection and microfinance.

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