1.7 million people are crammed into roughly 140 square miles of the Gaza Strip. This is slightly more than twice the size of Washington D.C.
(The World Factbook)
More than half the population of Gaza - 780,578, or 53% - is under the age of 18.
(Gaza Fact Sheet, 2007)
About 39,000 child refugees in Gaza will not attend UNRWA schools this year, since the agency is unable to build or re-build schools due to the Israeli blockade.
Since 2006 Israel has limited the import of various goods to a “humanitarian minimum”, though there is no official list for traders to observe.
While hundreds of students are accepted to international academic programs, Israeli policy prevents many students from leaving Gaza.
(Gisha, 2008 p. 2)
1 out of every 5 school children is iodine deficient.
The prevalence of anemia among children 9-12 months old is 61.6%.
3 out of every 4 youngsters cannot pursue higher education
in Gaza due to overcapacity.
(United Nations, 2007)
Today, about 1.1 million Palestinian refugees in Gaza receive UNRWA services; 61% of Gaza's population is food insecure; and unemployment is nearly 40%.
(United Nations, 2010)
90-95% of the water produced by the only aquifer in Gaza is unfit for drinking.
(Amnesty, 2009, p. 10)
28% of children surveyed in Gaza have witnessed the demolition of a friend’s home and nearly 19% had witnessed the demotion of their own home, resulting in psychological distress. Children who have been forcibly displaced suffer from reduced academic performance and a variety of other difficulties associated with diminished social conditions for families.
(Save the Children, 2009)