UNRWA: The siege of Gaza ‘must be lifted’

“The numbers of UNRWA’s aid recipients have shot up from 80,000 in 2000 to about a million residents in Gaza in 2016. More funds must be destined to absorb these growing numbers,” Abu Hasna said.

“UNRWA is not the silver bullet to put an end to the severe problems in Gaza. The siege must be lifted, and a genuine collaboration with a functioning Palestinian government is badly needed to vanquish the current stubborn predicament.”

Kia Ora Gaza

ce4c3554cad94be2bafe21c7a8de8def_18Aid recipients participate in a protest in front of the UN building in Gaza City [Ezz Zanoun/Al Jazeera]

By Isra Namey, AlJazeera, Gaza City, 7 November 2016

Drastic UN cuts to food rations, healthcare and education programmes have added to Gaza’s financial woes.

Umm Baha has become a regular participant in protests against reduced UNRWA services in the besieged Gaza Strip.

The 43-year-old Palestinian widow says she has no choice but to demonstrate against recent cuts to services offered by the United Nations refugee agency. “The diminished assistance that I receive is disproportionate, considering my mounting responsibilities of taking care of six orphans,” Umm Baha told Al Jazeera.

Two years ago, she used to receive food parcels containing ingredients such as oil, sugar and flour at least four times a year; now, it is twice a year at most.

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One thought on “UNRWA: The siege of Gaza ‘must be lifted’

  1. I am from Vancouver,Canada and I wanted to say that there can be no peace with Israeli Apartheid.The reactionary Yankee and Canadian gov’ts support the Israeli Blockade of Gaza.The majority of people in the world support the people in Gaza fighting against Israeli Apartheid.That support will continue until Israeli Apartheid is overthrown.
    The BDS Campaign Israel is doing good work and needs to continue.Also the Boats to Gaza will continue to go there until the Israeli Blockade is broken.Israel shouldn’t be recognized by any gov’t in the world because of their war crimes and genocide against the Palestinian People.


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