Gaza Strip: Healthy Adolescence – A Distant Dream


Co-Written byAshish Kumar Singh and Kristin Øren

People living in Gaza Strip have been subject to devastating living conditions for decades. This is not due to extreme conditions like earthquakes, drought or floods, but a result of man- made actions or non-actions. One of the authors of this paper, Øren, has lived and worked in Gaza for more than ten years during the nineteen eighties and nineties, and last period for three months during the 2009 heavy offence, and has witnessed the deterioration in people’s living conditions and the global community’s lack of success to alleviate the suffering. This certainly poses challenging questions related to equal rights to health and development as well as human rights.
This paper will look into the food security and nutrition security situation in Gaza Strip, and
possible consequences on adolescents’ growth and development.

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