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Children affected by the recent violence in the State of Palestine are encouraged to come to terms with the past
GAZA CITY, State of Palestine, 26 December 2012 – In a small, dark flat, a dozen boys aged 8 to 13 sit in silence.

In occupied Palestinian territory, new lives blossom in the aftermath of violence
GAZA CITY, occupied Palestinian territory, 11 December 2012 – A girl in school uniform searches for belongings among pieces of furniture hurled against the walls by a blast. She picks up a dress through the rubble and gives it to her stepfather, Mohammed

In occupied Palestinian territory, the violence has had a direct impact on children, and families struggle to cope
GAZA, occupied Palestinian territory, 20 November 2012 – The violence has had a direct impact on children, and families are struggling to cope. In Gaza, 22 children have been killed in air strikes, and another 277 injured. In Israel, 14 children have been

Children are caught in the new wave of violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 19 November 2012 – They were too young to understand the violence that would kill them. Bearing the brunt of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict on their shrouds, four children from the Dalu family were buried amidst

In occupied Palestinian territory, UNICEF and partners tackle the risks of open cesspools
Gaza, occupied Palestinian territory, 2 November 2012 - White birds fly low over the mirror-smooth pond before landing in the grass, where, much to the delight of 16-year-old Ahmed, some start singing.

Ensuring Palestinian children the right to a quality education
YANOUN, occupied Palestinian territory, 18 September 2012—For many of the 1.2 million students living in the occupied Palestinian territory, returning to school last week was an enjoyable experience. But for students living in Yanoun.

Palestinian adolescents celebrate the ‘International Youth Year’ by making efforts to build a stronger society
Aqaba, West Bank, 10 August 2012 – Gathered around a table, 14-year-old Majd Dabak and several adolescent girls are busy completing an intricate piece of artwork using the coloured wedges of broken floor tiles.

Restoring public access to water in sun-drenched Palestinian town
AD DHAHIRIYA, occupied Palestinian territory, 13 September 2012 - In the small town of Dhahiriya, few people dare venture into the sweltering 38C heat that engulfed the Old City’s stone houses and the many modern buildings erected around it.

The Barrier makes getting to school a daily ordeal for children in Abu Dis, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
EAST JERUSALEM, Occupied Palestinian Territory, 23 July 2012 – Karimeh Khatib wakes up every morning at 6 a.m., worried about her journey to work. She had been a teacher at the Comboni Convent pre-school centre in East Jerusalem for 20 years when

State-of-the-art care for Gaza's infants
GAZA CITY, Occupied Palestinian Territory, 6 July 2012 – On a sunny day in Gaza, Mirfat Ali cuddled her 10-day-old baby Mahmoud. With the sun pouring in from the window, her concern slowly eased: her infant had finally stopped coughing.

UNICEF helps Palestinians access drinking water at home
GAZA, occupied Palestinian territory, 24 June 2012 - Water is a scarce and threatened resource across the occupied Palestinian territory. An essential component of life, safe tap drinking water seems to have become almost a luxury for the

Child poverty amid Jerusalem's Old City splendor
EAST JERUSALEM, Occupied Palestinian Territory, 18 June 2012 – Few of the tourists who visit Jerusalem’s walled Old City know that meters from its iconic holy places, past a maze of narrow stone alleys and hidden stairways, thousands of children live

Post-natal home visits improve newborn survival in Gaza
GAZA, Occupied Palestinian Territory, 1 June 2012 – Every year, an estimated 1,600 babies die in the first four weeks of life in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Most of these newborns deaths could be prevented if mothers and newborns’s health

Seam Zone keeps Palestinian children in limbo, disrupting education
GAZA CITY, State of Palestine, 26 December 2012 – In a small, dark flat, a dozen boys aged 8 to 13 sit in silence.

Grammy-winning musicians showcase east-west alliance for the sake of Palestinian children
RAMALLAH, occupied Palestinian territory, 14 February 2012 - The music that rolled out of the dimmed hall of the Ramallah cultural palace had the engine of a locomotive, its full-bodied rhythms like pistons fed by a coal-burning furnace.

Palestinian youth frame social problems through the camera’s lens
occupied Palestinian territory, 5 April 2012 - - Sixteen-year-old Malath Jaradat stands next to a photograph he took that is on display at Mahata Gallery in Ramallah.

Palestinian women and children overcome distress beneath Jerusalem’s Old City Walls
East Jerusalem, occupied Palestinian territory, 3 April 2012 - The steep, winding lanes of Silwan sprawling beneath the Old City walls are among the most ancient and picturesque locations in Jerusalem. But they are also home to one of the most densely pop

Breastfeeding unites Palestinian women
East Jerusalem, occupied Palestinian territory, 26 March 2012 –For 26-year old Ansam, delivering a baby boy was a leap of faith. She and her husband Mohammed have been waiting for ten long years to give birth to a healthy child.

UNICEF helps Gaza’s children overcome traumatic experiences
GAZA CITY, State of Palestine, 26 December 2012 – In a small, dark flat, a dozen boys aged 8 to 13 sit in silence.

New sanitation facilities help Palestinian girls focus on their studies
Jalood, occupied Palestinian territory, 21 March 2012 – For 8-year old girl Manal, going to school has become a joy. She no longer worries about using the sanitation facilities at her school.



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