Ahmad al-Akhras, Journalist: My failure in finding employment is not because I am incapable

Occupied Palestine | فلسطين

PCHR Gaza – Narratives – 08 January 2012

The closure imposed on the Gaza Strip, which entered its 6th year, has prevented a vast majority of Palestinians living in the strip from maintaining their livelihoods and realizing their right to an adequate standard of living. This closure bans imports of goods and materials in the Gaza Strip, including industrial and agricultural products. It also limits the possibility of reviving the economy in the strip which has been continuously deteriorating due to this ban A major impact of this closure is that it directly cause large-scale unemployment, especially among the Palestinian youth, which consist of almost 53% of Gaza’s population, and moreover 58% of Palestinians aged between 20 to 24 years of age in the strip are unemployed. Also 39% of the population in the Gaza Strip lives below the poverty line and unemployment is a primary reason for this.

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