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Media releases, stories and press statements from UNICEF oPt in 2009.

UNICEF and Bank of Palestine sign partnership agreement to provide care and support to vulnerable families in Gaza
Ramallah, 10 November 2009 – UNICEF and the Bank of Palestine signed a landmark partnership contract today that will provide conflict-affected children and families in Gaza with support in rebuilding their lives.

UNICEF Ambassadors Mia Farrow and Mahmoud Kabil meet in Gaza to put focus on the plight of children
GAZA, 15 October 2009 – World renowned actress Mia Farrow and award winning Egyptian actor Mahmoud Kabil, both UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors, concluded a two-day visit to Gaza today to witness first-hand the hardships that children continue to face.

WASH Press Brief on Gaza Blockade
Beit Lahia, Gaza, 3 September 2009 – The UN Humanitarian Coordinator, representing UN agencies in the occupied Palestinian territory, and the Association of International Development Agencies, representing multiple NGOs, briefed the press at Beit Lahia

Growing poverty in Gaza pushing children to work
Gaza Strip, 24 June 2009-The sound of a lathe screams in the background as 12-year-old Nael Hasan al-Lada’ talks about his job in an auto body shop.He just started the job this summer, but the young boy is supporting his entire family of seven brothers.

Music inspires adolescents in Jenin refugee camp
West Bank, Jenin, June 2009- In the middle of overcrowded Jenin refugee camp stands a UNICEF-supported adolescent friendly learning centre, its worn out façade belying the bustle of activity within. As sounds of beating drums and keyboard melodies waft down from the second floor, a small group of teenagers rush down the staircase, chatting excitedly among themselves.

Bringing innovation to classrooms in oPt
GAZA, 29 May 2009 - Bright coloured cones, triangles and measuring tools are scattered across the school desks in the sparsely furnished fifth grade classroom of the Mustafa Hafez primary school in Gaza City.

Delivering maternal and child health services in hard-to-reach West Bank communities
JBARA, 26 May 2009 – Nestled in a small crook of land, surrounded by the barrier between the West Bank and Israel, sits the community of Jbara, home to nearly 300 people.

UNICEF and ECHO support play activities to help West Bank children cope
NEW YORK, 21 May 2009 – Mays Shaaban, 14, often hears gunshots in Qabatiya, a town of nearly 20,000 located near the northern West Bank city of Jenin, where the barrier between the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel is a source of constant tension.

UNICEF supports psychosocial relief in child-friendly safe spaces
NEW YORK, 18 May 2009 - This year in Gaza UNICEF-supported psychosocial programmes will reach tens of thousands of children who experienced more than three weeks of intensive bombardment and military operations last December and January.

Education for All Week: Gaza’s students struggle to return to damaged schools
NEW YORK, USA, 29 April 2009 – While the world celebrates Global Action Week 2009 with a focus on education for all, the children of the Gaza Strip are still struggling to return to school in the aftermath of the conflict that ended there in January.

UNICEF and ECHO help West Bank children to deal with daily stress
JAYOUS VILLAGE, 28 April 2009 – The village of Jayous is next to the Barrier that separates Israel from the West Bank. Jayous is the venue for weekly demonstrations against the Barrier and is the site of regular search-and-arrest operations.

Situation of children in Gaza remains precarious 100 days after end of conflict
GAZA, 28 April 2009 – More than three months after the cessation of hostilities in Gaza, the Israeli blockade and inter-Palestinian tension are hampering recovery efforts.

UNICEF and ECHO support counselling to help Gaza’s children face the future
GAZA, 21 April 2009 – Plastic sheets cover the windows of the small house where Mona, 17, lives with her parents and five younger siblings.

Landmines and explosive remnants of war continue to threaten children
GENEVA, 3 April 2009 – Landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) continue to pose an enormous threat to children worldwide, UNICEF noted today in the lead up to the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action on 4 April.

Life skills training gives young Palestinian refugees new hope
DAMASCUS, Syrian Arab Republic, 26 March 2009 – In the refugee camps of Syria, life for Palestinian adolescents is challenging.

Beyond School Books - a podcast series on education in emergencies
NEW YORK, USA, 17 March 2009 – The recent Gaza conflict left about 1,000 Palestinian civilians dead and many more injured. Children, who make up more than half of Gaza’s population, have born the brunt of the conflict and its aftermath.

UNICEF Executive Director visits Israel and occupied Palestinian territory
JERUSALEM, 7 March 2009 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on Saturday concluded a week-long Middle-East mission that included field visits to the West Bank, southern Israel and Gaza, where she saw the effects of the recent conflict.

Campaign fights infectious diseases in the wake of Gaza's long crisis
EAST JERUSALEM, 25 February 2009 – A fragile peace is holding in Gaza since hostilities ended last month. But damage to vital infrastructure is widespread, and primary health care services have been reduced by 90 per cent.

Regional Goodwill Ambassador Mahmoud Kabil lends support to hospital serving Gaza
GAZA, 17 February 2009 – Egyptian actor and UNICEF Regional Goodwill Ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa Mahmoud Kabil paid a special visit last week to El-Arish hospital in Egypt, near the Rafah border crossing.

UN Special Representative visits youngest victims of conflict in Gaza and southern Israel
NEW YORK, USA, 5 February 2009 – The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy, is in Gaza and southern Israel this week to assess the situation of children and advocate for their protection.

Back to school in Gaza, children welcome chance to resume normal lives
NEW YORK, 26 January 2009 – With the return of hundreds of thousands of children to school in Gaza, UNICEF is providing essential educational equipment and materials to reinstate learning and recreational activities and create safe environments.

Displaced families in Gaza face public health crisis
NEW YORK, USA, 23 January 2009 – While the fighting in Gaza has stopped, tens of thousands of Palestinians remain in United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRAW) emergency shelters.

UNICEF rehabilitating learning centres for adolescents in Gaza
JERUSALEM, 23 January 2009 – The recent and extreme levels of conflict in Gaza have affected the lives of some 800,000 children and young people. Many have lost their schools, health facilities and play areas.

‘Everything is destroyed’: Siblings describe destruction of their school in Gaza
NEW YORK, USA, 22 January 2009 – When Gaza’s schools reopen in the coming days, Maram, 12, does not know where she’ll go. “I want to see what happened to my school,” she said in a telephone interview with UNICEF Radio.

As early recovery work begins, the toll of conflict on Gaza’s children is clear
NEW YORK, USA, 21 January 2009 – Amira, 15, is a survivor. After her two siblings and father were killed during the conflict in the Gaza Strip, she crawled from her family’s home and was found three days later in a neighbour’s house.

Ceasefire holds in Gaza: ‘It’s a hopeful day’
NEW YORK, 19 January 2009 – UNICEF is moving swiftly to deliver supplies and support to children after a ceasefire was declared on Saturday following three weeks of conflict.

‘We didn’t sleep at all’ – Gaza aid worker evacuates home
NEW YORK, USA, 16 January 2009 – Shelling and bombing continue in the Gaza Strip, impeding movement into and within the territory and further damaging infrastructure and public utilities.

As infrastructure collapses, UNICEF supplies water for shelters in Gaza
NEW YORK, USA, 16 January 2009 – After 20 days of military operations in the Gaza Strip, the humanitarian situation there has deteriorated to new levels of desperation.

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman regarding the humanitarian situation in Gaza
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 14 January 2009. "The crisis in Gaza is singular in that children and their families have nowhere to escape, no refuge," says UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman.

‘We cannot wait’ – Gaza aid worker’s wife about to give birth amidst crisis
NEW YORK, USA, 14 January 2009 – The conflict in the Gaza Strip holds special terror for Sajy, one of 10 UNICEF staff members who have persevered in the territory throughout the current crisis. His wife is due to give birth any day.

‘I wish the war would end’ – Gaza’s children pay psychological cost of conflict
NEW YORK, USA, 12 January 2009 – The children of Gaza have three hours a day in which it’s safe, at least in theory, to go out. The humanitarian ceasefire does not always hold, but it provides a measure of relief for those who need to find food and water.

UNICEF delivers emergency supplies for children and families in Gaza
NEW YORK, USA, 11 January 2009 – As the conflict in the Gaza Strip escalates into deeper ground incursions, UNICEF is appealing for $16 million in new funding to provide families and children with emergency supplies.

UNICEF staff perseveres under difficult and dangerous conditions in Gaza
NEW YORK, USA, 10 January 2009 – UNICEF has 10,000 staff working around the world in a wide range of environments, including conflicts such as the one now under way in Gaza. Ten stalwart UNICEF staff members have remained in Gaza throughout the crisis.

Some aid distributed to Palestinian families amidst ongoing crisis in Gaza
NEW YORK, USA, 7 January 2009 – As fighting in Gaza continued into its 12th day today, a three-hour ceasefire allowed for the limited movement of humanitarian aid within the territory. UNICEF was able to distribute some supplies.

UNICEF’s Eminent Advocate, Queen Rania, speaks out on Gaza crisis
AMMAN, Jordan, 5 January 2009 – At a UNICEF-organized press conference here this morning, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah made an urgent plea on behalf of all the civilians living in Gaza – especially children – for a “humanitarian ceasefire”.



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