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Source: United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
27 March 2014

Spanish Students Visit Aida Camp

27 March 2014

West Bank

طلاب اسبانيون يزورون مخيم عايدة

On 18 March, a UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) delegation brought over a dozen Spanish students from different Catalan universities to the Palestine refugee camp of Aida, in the West Bank. It was the first time these students had visited a refugee camp, where they saw young people like them living in extremely different conditions.

Amjad Abu Laban, Chief Area Officer for the South, welcomed the delegation in the Aida boys’ school and told them about the conditions of the camp and the services UNRWA provides for Palestine refugees. Touring Aida, the Spanish students took photos and played catch with the young refugee boys. They learned about the security threats facing all camp residents, including children and youth, for whom they pose a risk to their education.

At the Lajea Centre, the Spanish students met young Palestine refugees and listened to their stories about daily life, their challenges and their dreams. On their way home, the students stopped at the gate of the camp to take a picture with their companions, a reminder of the kinship between students and young people all over the world.

Background Information

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, and microfinance.

Financial support to UNRWA has not kept pace with an increased demand for services caused by growing numbers of registered refugees, expanding need, and deepening poverty. As a result, the Agency's General Fund (GF), supporting UNRWA’s core activities and 97 per cent reliant on voluntary contributions, has begun each year with a large projected deficit. Currently the deficit stands at US$ 68.2 million.

For more information, please contact:
Christopher Gunness
UNRWA Spokesperson
+972 (0)54 240 2659
+972 (0)2 589 0267
Sami Mshasha
UNRWA Arabic Spokesperson
+972 (0)54 216 8295
+972 (0)2 589 0724

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