The Occupation of Palestine
May 18, 2006 § Leave a comment
Daily survival for Palestinians is a desperate struggle. Travel restrictions have caused over 50% unemployment, with higher peaks in certain areas, particularly in the Gaza Strip. Families are left impoverished and dependent upon aid to survive. Over two thirds of the population lives below the poverty line on less than $2 a day, resulting in rising rates of acute malnutrition, especially amongst children.
According to a report by the United Nations in Palestine, "Household incomes have been decimated as a result of the collapse of the economy within the West Bank and Gaza Strip and it is beyond the means of many households to procure even the most basic commodities. This in turn has provoked a serious increase in malnutrition rates amongst refugees, in particular children."
The number of people living in poverty in Palestine has more than tripled since September 2000 to approximately 2 million people.
Disruption in Education
For the third consecutive year, schooling in Palestine is being severely disrupted by curfews, closures, and violence. Many teachers have been unable to reach the schools. The frequent disruptions in education have resulted in fragmented learning, lack of continuity and progression in learning. (An excerpt from Islamic Relief)