Peoples Geography — Reclaiming space

Creating people's geographies

Growing up in Gaza, human and economic growth stunted by Israel

From this article about a boy’s hopeless vision of the future

  • Half the population of Gaza is under the age of 18
  • Chronic malnutrition affects nearly 10 per cent of under-5s in the Palestinian territories. The situation is most acute in Gaza, where 50,000 children are malnourished
  • In September, health workers in Gaza went on strike after non-payment for months. Storage and transport of vaccines failed, and thousands of children were not immunised
  • In Gaza and West Bank, nearly half of students have seen their school besieged by troops; more than 10 per cent have witnessed the killing of a teacher in school
  • 11 per cent of children in Gaza are stunted and 43 per cent of pregnant women are anaemic
  • Levels of violence and dropping-out have increased in Gazan schools over the past year. School activities have been abandoned owing to lack of funding
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