Palestine Chronicle interviews ICRC deputy director in Gaza about the “Youth of Gaza” campaign

Nicolas Geeraert, deputy head of the ICRC in Gaza. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour, The Palestine Chronicle)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff

To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the siege of Gaza, the International Committee of the Red Cross in Gaza (ICRC) organized an art exhibition entitled “Exhibition of Modern Visual Art”.

The exhibit is part of a larger campaign titled “Gaza Youth: Suspended Lives, Fading Opportunities”, which aims to raise awareness of the impact of the Israeli siege on the impoverished Gaza Strip, particularly on the youth of the region.

The Palestine Chronicle was present at the inauguration and interviewed Nicolas Geeraert, deputy director of the ICRC in Gaza, who spoke about the aim of the campaign and the current orientation of the ICRC in the region.

“This exhibition, organized on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the closure of Gaza, presents the work of young artists,” said Geeraert, “and illustrates the impact of the closure of Gaza on their lives”.

Geeraert explained that the ICRC recently conducted a survey, with the aim of measuring the impact of the closure on the lives of young people in Gaza.

“The results of the survey,” he said, “are that 9 out of 10 young people think they are living an abnormal life in Gaza, because of the closure, with multiple negative impacts on their economic life, their social life, their health and their health. their mental health.

According to the survey, “70 to 75% of young people in Gaza are unemployed”.

“And when they work,” Geeraert said, “they are in precarious jobs, often underpaid and below their qualifications.”

The survey also reflects how young people in Gaza view their future.

“Again, the picture is bleak,” Geeraert said.

“A majority of young people believe that the challenges they currently face will continue into the near future, which will therefore be marked by economic hardship, more military escalations and movement restrictions.”

(The Chronicle of Palestine

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