© UNICEF oPt/2007
Human interest stories from across the West Bank and Gaza, including background information on UNICEF's interventions.
Hand in Hand in Protecting Palestinian Children’s Rights
WEST Bank, 29 November 2005 - Voices of children’s laughter filled the two large rooms decorated with colorful streamers, covering the walls of the newly built Qalandia Youth Center. All 100 boys and girls were excited to participate in the psychos
Play Activities Helping Children
HEBRON, 29 November 2005 - In Hebron’s Al Mutalabi School, boys aged between five and 14 are busy making paper masks and traditional ‘Tarbouch’ hats in the courtyard.
Little Red Riding Hood
NABLUS, 22 November 2005 - In a very poor neighborhood in the old city, in a tall tiny shabby building, sounds of children’s laughter can be heard as we walked up the 50 steep steps leading to the main hall of the Children’s Center.
Magic Feather is a dream come true
NABLUS, 18 November 2005 - For eleven-year-old Masa, the Magic Feather theatrical play is a dream come true
Sensitization of care givers
NABLUS, 18 November 2005 – A group of almost 20 mothers from areas that witnessed several recurrent incursions, curfews and several houses demolitions gathered recently to discuss ways to deal with their kids.
After School Activities Supported by UNICEF
NABLUS, 11 November 2005 - At the children’s national music club in Sameer sa’ed Al-Deen School in the West Bank town of Nablus, two children were playing the piano together, showing a keen sense in what they are playing.
A Boy Cut Out to be a Mayor for Children
GAZA, 29 September 2005 - Fourteen-year-old Mazen Mustafa Ghanem exudes eloquence when he speaks about how he became the newly-elected Mayor of the Gaza City Children’s Municipality Council (CMC).
UNICEF Psychosocial Support Helps Kids Recover
GAZA, 23 September 2005 - Eleven-year-old Ruba Subhi Al Mughani will never forget the one school day last December which changed her life for good.
Fawaz’s Ship of the Future
GAZA, 2 September 2005 - The outline of a big boat is stuck on the wall of a classroom. Eleven-year-old Fawaz Hashish is one of a group of 25 children cutting out cardboard shapes, writing on them and sticking them up on the “Ship of the Future”.
Happy to be Going Back to School
JENIN, 26 August 2005 - For 12-year-old Sahl, riding a bicycle to school is a dream come true. Sahl lives in Aba’a which is a small picturesque village near Jenin. The vast majority of the 400 or so residents are kids below the age of 18.
New Safe Play Areas for Worst Affected Kids in Gaza
GAZA, 10 July 2005 - Wadi Selga is one of several alternative play areas set up with assistance from UNICEF and with funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
Unexploded Ordnance in Gaza a Real Threat to Kids
GAZA, 28 June 2005 - Ahmad stares blankly into the air as his mother described how an innocuous-looking canister exploded in her son’s hands on an otherwise normal spring day in the Gaza Strip border town of Rafah.
Working Towards Universal Salt Iodization in oPt
JERUSALEM, 14 June 2005 - UNICEF's efforts include upgrading a Palestinian-owned salt factory so that salt sold in the West Bank is properly iodized
Home Away From Home? Juvenile Detention in the Gaza Strip
GAZA, 13 June 2005 - A rare first person account of a Palestinian adolescent about serving time in Israeli detention.
When Being Tiny is Lucky
WEST BANK, 5 June 2005 - Since the beginning of the school year in 2004, Issa is no longer leading a normal life. Issa, an 11-year old boy, has to wake up earlier than usual to reach his school by bypassing the barrier
Green, Amber, Red: Student Road-Safety Teams in oPt
JERUSALEM, 4 June 2005 - On a Monday morning, 30 professionals from various ministries, district offices and non-governmental organizations were seated in a training hall discussing road-traffic safety measures in the oPt.
Supply Processes Made Easier for UNICEF
RAMALLAH, 20 May 2005 - On a spring day, early morning, a group of UNICEF-occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) staff members drove in the UNICEF van heading towards Ramallah. The whole group was full of excitement awaiting the supply workshop
Awareness Sessions by School Students (HIV/AIDS)
QALQILYA, 16 May 2005 - Sounds of excitement and laughter while a group of girls get ready for a play on HIV/AIDS at Fatima Sroor High School in Qalqilya.
Reaching the un-reached
HEBRON, 13 May 2005 - On a sunny Thursday morning, we headed towards Mneizel to immunize children against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) as part of the national immunization campaign.
Sports is an Outlet for Expression
QALQILYA, 5 May 2005 - For 14 year old Latifa, being part of the volleyball tournament is a dream come true.
Saddam and the mumps
JERUSALEM, 4 May 2005 - For Saddam, an 11 year old boy from Ein-Misbah governmental school for boys, going to school again seems far away
Remedial Worksheets Make up for Lost School Days in Hebron
HEBRON, 15 April 2005 - “This project started in Hebron 3 years ago and we are very proud that it got expanded all over Palestine,” said schoolteacher Ms. Ikram, referring to the Remedial Education project provided by UNICEF
Palestinian Child Day in Habla
QALQILYA, 15 April 2005 - Malak came to celebrate Palestinian Child Day in the safe play area set up by UNICEF in Habla School near Qalqiliya, in the northern West Bank.
Internet Chatting: An Education Without Borders
JERUSALEM, 14 April 2005 - Iyad and Nadine, two Palestinian school children, participate in an internet chat on violence in schools with other school children from various Arab countries.
Music is a Dream Come True
NABLUS, 5 April 2005 - For Mohammed, playing the Oud is a dream come true. “I love music and enjoy playing the Oud."
Making a Difference With Remedial Education
WEST BANK, 23 March 2005 - Ten-year-old Inas describes how remedial education as helped her make up lost time at school because of closures.
CMCs: Creating Opportunities for Children
NABLUS 15 March 2005 - For Wala’, traveling the short distance from the West Bank city of Nablus to Jenin for a CMC event meant coming face to face for the first time ever with checkpoints.
Three-year-old Rahma knew nothing but poverty
GAZA, 26 January 2005 - The morning of January 26 - the day Rahma was shot - began like any other in the child’s life. The family gathered at 7am to consume a meal that consists of nothing more than cups of tea.
Voting for Hope: Children's Municipality Councils Expand in oPt
NABLUS, 11 January 2005 - New elections will expand the number of CMCs in oPt to nine, helping to make major cities and towns more child-friendly