High unemployment in Gaza brings despair

Declining wages and a worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza due to Israeli restrictions are causing despair among people there.

man warming himself with a fire

man warming himself with a fire

That’s the latest message from the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) helping the Palestinian people in Gaza. In 2007 Israel imposed a blockade after Hamas took control of the area.

Christopher Gunness, spokesman for UNRWA says worsening unemployment in Gaza, which is now at 45.5%, is causing people there to feel hopeless.

“A second and very worrying indicator is declining real wages. From the first half of 2009 until the first half of 2010 real monthly wages have gone down by 9.5%. Less money in people’s pockets means more despair.”

Last year, Israel relaxed its blockade and allowed more aid and goods to reach Gaza. But Gunness says it’s still not enough. He says UNRWA needs to build 100 schools over the next three years, and build or rebuild 10,000 housing units and six health centers, but so far, Israel has only approved 43 of the relief agencies proposed projects.

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