Gaza: Nobel winner Malala gives USD 50,000 to UNRWA

Prize money to be used to repair school damaged in conflict

29 October, 17:18

    (ANSAmed) - TEL AVIV, OCTOBER 29 - Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai said Wednesday she would donate 50,000 dollars to help repair a UNRWA school damaged last summer in fighting between Hamas and Israel, reported UNRWA spokesman Christopher Gunness. Malala announced in Stockholm - where she received the World's Children's Prize - that she would donate the entire amount of prize money to Gaza students and UNRWA which, she added ''is performing heroic work to serve children in Gaza, in very difficult circumstances''.

    ''The needs are overwhelming,'' she said, ''more than half of Gaza's population is under 18 years of age. They want and deserve quality education, hope and real opportunities to build a future.'' ''Innocent Palestinian children have suffered terribly and for too long. We must all work to ensure Palestinian boys and girls, and all children everywhere, receive a quality education in a safe environment. Because without education, there will never be peace,'' she said, according to the UNRWA statement.

    (ANSAmed)
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