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Gendering Refugees: The United Nations Relief And Works Agency (Unrwa) And The Politics Of Relief

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The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) newsletter Palestine Refugees Today was issued between 19602 and 1996 to inform readers and donors about the living conditions of the refugees, UNRWA projects, and to mobilise for funding. In 1962 an entire newsletter was assigned to girls and education, and the tone was optimistic: Refugee girls were members of a "new generation in the Middle East" and had opportunities "undreamed" of by their mothers and grandmothers: opportunities of education, of training, and of careers. The health educator Yahya Hindi had "climaxed" his traditional summer cleanliness campaign with a "Model Home" exhibition. UNRWA's humanitarian role has been imbued with politics since its setup; its aid could give the refugee a small hope from the international community, essential for their comfort, for the security of the region, and for a peaceful spirit.

Keywords:humanitarian; international community; Palestine; politics of relief; refugee girls; UNRWA



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