A Palestinian embassy in India....but what about students...
India is giving millions of dollars to UNRWA for a Palestinian embassy in India..
India's representative to the Palestinian Authority delivered a check for 1 million US dollars to UNRWA director Karen Abu Zayd in Jerusalem on Friday.But, in the same article, here's a look at Palestinians in Lebanon...
The ambassador said the aid package came within India's pledge to donate 10 million US dollars for building a Palestinian embassy and residence for diplomats in New Delhi.
Also on Friday, UNICEF issued a report saying UNRWA-registered Palestinian students in Lebanon had staggering dropout raids, including 50 percent of 17-year-olds, and 40 percent of of 16-year-olds receiving no education whatsoever.Shouldn't UNRWA focus on resettling refugees instead of building embassies???
"We are sounding the alarm that the dropout rate is too high among school-aged children from the intermediary to the high school level," said Ray Virgilio Torres, head of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Beirut, according to Agence France-Presse.
"The figure is really worrisome when you consider that half of 17-year-old children are school dropouts as opposed to 40 percent when it comes to 16-year-olds," Torres said. "This is a sensitive age and if you add that to other risks they are exposed to in the camps, there is reason for alarm."
He added, "The youngsters say 'why study when I can't work afterwards.'"
Lebanese laws prevent refugees from working in a number of industries.