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Source: United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
15 October 2009

Refugee Stories

Schoolchildren to Stand Up Against Poverty

Some half a million Palestinian children, all refugees attending UNRWA schools in the West Bank, Gaza, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, last year stood up simultaneously and shouted "No to poverty" as part of the global campaign calling on world leaders to tackle the issue of poverty.

In 2009, every UNRWA school child from ages five to eighteen will, once again, stand up in protest of their own poverty and the poverty of others throughout the world. Each UNRWA schoolchild has been asked to make a poster in preparation for the day and has been encouraged to discuss and express their thoughts and feelings on the issue of poverty. Together with their teachers, students will debate questions such as "What is poverty?" and "How can we end it?"

The Palestine refugee communities served by UNRWA are profoundly affected by poverty. None more so than in Gaza, where a three-year border blockade has meant economic stagnation, and where the number of Palestine refugees living in abject poverty has tripled in the past year.

"The whole world must be made aware that the growing poverty threatens the childhood of Gaza’s children," explained one of the girls at Gaza’s Stand Up Against Poverty event last year.

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