"The situation in the West Bank and Gaza is dire and getting worse. With the total shut down of Gaza, the vast majority of people there are now dependent on UN assistance, which is now in serious jeopardy”, said Filippo Grandi, the Deputy Commissioner General of UNRWA, “In the West Bank, hundreds of physical obstacles are destroying the economy and hindering aid delivery at a time when the international community is trying to put new life into efforts to get the peace process back on track and build capacity and institutions.”
According to the most recent figures, 57 per cent of Palestinian households are living in poverty, with about 49 per cent in the West Bank and 79 per cent in the Gaza Strip.1
The funding sought in 2008 will alleviate suffering by feeding the vulnerable, educating children, creating jobs and self-reliance, providing healthcare and sanitation and protecting human rights.
1PCBS, Poverty in the oPt in 2006, August 2007
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