In Gaza, young people’s lives are not their own. At any point they could be taken by lethal force, and every day is defined by restrictions of their basic needs and control over their plans and aspirations. By withdrawing its funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (Unrwa), the United States is making that future even more uncertain.
Young people with Christian Aid’s partner, the Culture and Free Thought Association, recently felt compelled to take action and share their experience of not being able to leave Gaza. They spoke of the fact that being cut off not just from basic amenities, but from so many opportunities, means that they “cannot dream or even think about our future”.