UNRWA launches mobile cinema project for Bedouin communities in Area C

03 May 2011

3 May 2011
East Jerusalem

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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Ilona Kassissieh
Public Information Officer
Orange: 054 216 8717
Office: 02 589 0408.

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 5.4 million Palestine refugees registered with UNRWA across its five fields of operation. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank, including East Jerusalem 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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