“Cope with the Impacts of War in Gaza 2014: Youth as a Supportive Team”
This seminar was held in Gaza on 16 July 2015, hosted by Abrar Charity Association and organized by a group of young people. The seminar was dedicated to one of the greatest challenges facing youth in Gaza: How to respond effectively to the effects of the 2014 war.
The seminar brought together 10 participants representing a variety of fields (civil engineering, environmental engineering, business administration, accounting and geographic information system) to find answers and to give recommendations to the most pressing questions of youth’s role in coping with the war.
Seminar participants discussed the effects of 2014 Gaza war on three important sectors:
- Environmental sector
- Social sector
- Economic sector
The Gaza Strip is one of the most densely populated areas around the world, inhabited by approximately 2 million people with youth representing 35% of the total population. Gaza sustained immeasurable damage in the 2014 war. Its effects pervade all aspects of Gaza life: economic, political, social and environmental. This war resulted in more than 2131 fatalities and 11000 casualties, more than 65% of which were youth.
The seminar discussed the most important sectors influenced by the 2014 war on Palestinian society. The team identified the main effects of the war and a plan was developed to deal with these effects through several events and activities such as dissemination of ideas to the largest possible number of educated youth groups to utilize their potential in serving Palestinian community.
The first topic up for discussion was environmental effects of the war and how young people can help mitigate these effects. Second, the team discussed the social impacts and some recommendations were given. Finally the group debated the effects of the war on the economic sector.
The outcome of each of these discussion sessions are presented in this Seminar Report.
Note: UNYANET supports all efforts to engage and empower youth, through means of discussion and peaceful activities, to find sustainable conflict solutions and promote lasting peace. This article has been written by the affected youth and does not reflect any political position of UNYANET.