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Ancient autumn ritual brings joy and pride to Palestinian children

By Catherine Weibel

BALA’A, Occupied Palestinian Territory, 22 November 2011 -  On the outskirts of Bala’a village in the northern West Bank, the smell of olives floats in the air as a soft Mediterranean breeze gently stirs the leaves of trees. Palestinian villagers have gathered here to harvest this ancient fruit, with the support of dozens of children brought from the UNICEF-supported Adolescent Friendly Spaces, funded by Sida, Danida and the German National Committee.

Palestinian Bedouin school teaching on borrowed time

By Catherine Weibel

KHAN AL AHMAR, Occupied Palestinian Territory, 21 October 2011 – Every morning, students walk to the primary school in Khan Al Ahmar fearing it might be gone. “Day after day, I worry it might have been knocked down overnight,” said Iman (name changed), a nine-year-old Bedouin student.

UNICEF provides support to Palestinian students through rehabilitation and psychosocial sessions

By Monica Awad

DKAIKA, Occupied Palestinian Territory, 29 September 2011 - Located just 70 metres away from the Green Line - the 1949 Armistice Line – in Israeli-controlled Area ‘C’, the villagers of Dkaika are forced to suffer under the daily risk of home demolition and harassment.

Against the odds, students start school in a Bedouin community on the West Bank

By Monica Awad

AL-KAABNEH, Occupied Palestinian Territory, 9 September 2011 – Every day, 12-year-old Tahreer Ali walks through a mountainous dirt road in the extreme heat to reach her school. “I enjoy learning, even if it’s difficult to reach my school,” she says.

UNICEF and the AusAID support improved sanitation for Palestinian students

By Monica Awad

HEBRON, Occupied Palestinian Territory, 11 April 2011 – For the first time ever, students at the Al Shioukh elementary school for girls in the West Bank city of Hebron have access to their own sanitation facilities. The 450 students who attend Al Shioukh had long suffered from a lack of proper sanitation. Until December 2010, the young girls there had to use the facilities at the Dalal Al Mughrabi secondary school, a nearby girls’ school with 600 students.

UNICEF helps make safe, reliable water possible in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

By Monica Awad

RAFAH, Gaza Strip, 21 March 2011 – For the first time in her life, Nagham, 7, no longer fears drinking contaminated water. “Now I enjoy drinking water,” she says. “It does not have strange tastes.” Nagham, who lives with her grandparents in Rafah in the Gaza Strip, eagerly drinks from UNICEF’s newly-established water filling points.  “I get thirsty when walking back home from school and I stop by the water filling points and drink water,” she says.

Palestinian women face political and social frustrations
Bruqin, occupied Palestinian territory, 23 September 2011 - The West Bank village of Bruqin appears idyllic. Located on a major aquifer, the village’s groves of olive and other fruit trees span the landscape. Carefully-designed homes are nestled in the

In Gaza, poverty forces children to choose between survival and school
GAZA STRIP, Occupied Palestinian Territory, 17 August 2011 - Ayman, 15, lives in Khuza’a, an impoverished village in southern Gaza, where extreme poverty has dramatically increased due to the blockade.

Gazan children enjoy a rare safe play area for the summer
Gaza, 22 July 2011 - Fourteen-year-old Sondos Bedawi from Zeytoun is rushing with joy and pride through the corridors of Ali Bin Abi Taleb government school. She as just finished an Arabic language session, moving on to the mathematics session where the

UNICEF and partners deliver critical fuel supplies amid severe shortages of electricity in the blockaded Gaza Strip
Rafah, occupied Palestinian territory, 12 May 2011- When the power goes out as usual in Abdulla’s house, his first concern is not the inconvenience of having dead electronic appliances or spending another dark night with his children, but rather it is the

UNICEF promotes healthy lifestyles in Gaza
Gaza, 13 April 2010 - When 16-year-old Yasmine Sufi told her mother what she was learning at an after-school programme, she says her mother was surprised."Why do you have to learn this?, she asked me," says Sufi. "But when I explained, she understood.



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