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UN VOICES CONCERNS AT IMPOVERISHMENT AND HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IN GAZA

15 June 2011

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Following the latest UN report published yesterday on the chronic crisis of long term unemployment in Gaza, UNRWA Spokesperson Chris Gunness announced that the 5 year Israeli blockade of the Gaza strip is causing a humanitarian crisis that will take generations to reverse and repair.
Following the latest UN report published yesterday on the chronic crisis of long term unemployment in Gaza, UNRWA Spokesperson Chris Gunness announced that the 5 year Israeli blockade of the Gaza strip is causing a humanitarian crisis that will take generations to reverse and repair.
 
The UN expressed concern as to why hundreds of thousands of potentially productive people face a life of destitution.
 
According to the UN Agency for Palestine Refugees, Gaza suffers from a 45.2% unemployment rate, one of the highest in the world. The hardest hit are the 67% refugees that fill the Strip. Those that do work earn an average of $15 per day with which to feed, clothe and house their extended families of 15 plus members including women, children, the sick and the elderly.
 
Islamic Relief welcomes this latest UN report which confirms the importance of our work in the region to provide targeted long term solutions.
 
Islamic Relief has been at the coal face inside the Gaza Strip for the last 12 years, providing humanitarian aid and sustainable development to over 1 million people without prejudice or favour. In 2010 alone our donors gifted over $26million which we utilised not only for immediate emergency aid when and where it was needed, but also for crucial long term development projects aimed at building brighter and self sustaining futures for all. Our projects include:
 
1.    Cash-for-work - Providing job opportunities for hundreds of unemployed individuals. This income-earning programme directly contributed to a quell in the surging tide of unemployment rates in Gaza and improved the living conditions of the regions poorest. In 2010, a total of 820 unemployed graduates and workers were involved and directly benefited from the project with funds from Sida and IR Deutschland.
 
2.    Vocational Training – We provided a range of technical and managerial training to improve skills, knowledge and attitude and facilitate greater social integration in the community. This proved invaluable at giving some of the hardest hit a real chance to better themselves and become economically more self reliant.
 
3.    Micro Credit for Women - This project works to improve the social and economical situation of Palestinian women-led households by creating more jobs for unemployed women in addition to sustaining active enterprises. Through this project women are encouraged to participate in the economic development process.
 
 
With your help, we will continue to provide emergency aid and effective long term development programmes to the people of Gaza. Donate now!



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