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EU funding for Gaza Summer Games

19 July, 2010 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Bairbre de Brún MEP has welcomed the EU funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Summer Games in Gaza and said she hopes this will be a prelude to full and adequate funding for all the UNRWA operations in the area.

Ms de Brún said

“The UNRWA Summer Games play a hugely important role in helping young people in Gaza to develop their full potential and in improving the lives, for even a short time, of those who are still under siege.

“I hope the importance of these activities for young people can be supported and respected by all. Through recreation, they provide valuable opportunities for building self-esteem and practical skills as well a providing enjoyment and a welcome relief from the enormous day-to day pressures these young people face.

“UNRWA activities are facing huge funding problems at present and recent discussions in the European parliament have shown the urgent need to ensure that the basic services that UNRWA provides can be maintained at a level that inspires confidence in the local population rather than diminishes it. This is not solely the responsibility of the EU but we must play our part.

“In recent times UNRWA have had to cut back on their basic services, programmes and projects although the level of need is extremely high.

“I hope that this very welcome EU funding for the UNRWA Summer Games in Gaza will be a prelude to full and adequate funding of all UNRWA operations in the area,” ENDS

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