Children in the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt) grow up in an uncertain atmosphere where the threat of violence is never far away.
The political and security situation inside the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt), though always tense, has remained stable following the violent upheavals of 2014 and 2015. Yet large numbers remain in need of humanitarian assistance - particularly children and young people.
Conditions in Gaza are deteriorating fast after the detrimental effects of a ten-year blockade. Access to food, clean water, electricity and basic necessities is now regularly disrupted.
Throughout multiple political conflicts - including intra-Palestinian and international disputes - the basic human rights of civilians are not being upheld. The resulting psychological distress is evident among children and the wider population.
Children in the oPT
Children in Gaza live in constant fear of another surge of violence. Most have witnessed several armed conflicts already.
In the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, violence against children remains a grave concern; in homes, in schools and through violent exchanges with Israeli forces in which young people are injured and killed.
The military arrest and detention of children as young as 12 is another consequence of this violence.
A vicious cycle of political violence and retaliation persists, and many Palestinian children experience constant fear of demolition of their homes and schools, or conflict with neighbouring settlements.
Safe play areas are scarce and children playing in the street are exposed to risks of injury or violence.
What we do in the oPT
We work with local professional organisations, community groups and families inside the occupied Palestinian territories to protect children from harm and support their psychosocial wellbeing.