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Media releases, stories and press statements from UNICEF oPt in 2008.

Palestinian children exercise their right to play at the 2008 Global Peace Games
WEST BANK, Occupied Palestinian Territory, 5 December 2008 – Hundreds of Palestinian children from various cities, villages and refugee camps came to Ramallah to celebrate their 'right to play' at the 2008 Global Peace Games for Children and Youth.

Japan donates $2.4 million for family health in Occupied Palestinian Territory
BEIT FOURIK, Occupied Palestinian Territory, 8 August 2008 – Beit Fourik, a tiny village in the north of the West Bank, is home to around 13,000 people, with a high percentage of young people under the age of eighteen.

Organized ‘recreation days’ relieve stress for children in Gaza
GAZA, Occupied Palestinian Territory, 25 July 2008 – Every day, children and adolescents throughout the Gaza Strip suffer from the disruption of basic services and deteriorating living standards.

UNICEF Regional Director visits Palestinian children bearing brunt of conflict
GAZA, oPt, 9 June 2008 – UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Sigrid Kaag visited the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel recently to see firsthand the enduring impact of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Psychosocial activities help disadvantaged Palestinian children relieve stress
QALQILYA, West Bank, 28 April 2008 – Laughter fills the playground as more than 100 children with disabilities anxiously await their first visit to the only zoo in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

Crushed childhoods, cruel choices in Gaza
AMMAN, Jordan, 8 April 2008 - Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, UNICEF Eminent Advocate for Children, contributed this op-ed in observance of Palestinian Child Day, 5 April 2008.

Counselling sessions help children cope with their fears after recent violence in Gaza
GAZA, Occupied Palestinian Territory, 24 March 2008 – A renewed round of fighting that began late last month brought chaos and destruction to Jabalia, located at the northern end of the Gaza Strip.

Students return to Gaza schools still suffering from lack of heat and electricity
GAZA, 13 February 2008 – Nearly 400 government schools in Gaza have reopened for a quarter of a million students returning from winter break – to classrooms that have neither heat nor light.



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