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CYC Focus group, as a Part of a Project Aimed at Improving Democracy and Accountability within the Palestinian Community, on the Main Problems Facing Shatila Youth

Shatila youth discuss the array of social problems affecting their lives, from the spread of drug-use in the camp to   specific issues in their homes.
Shatila youth discuss the array of social problems affecting their lives, from the spread of drug-use in the camp to specific issues in their homes.
Parents of Shatila youth hold their own conversation about what they perceive as the negative elements hindering the growth of their children.
Parents of Shatila youth hold their own conversation about what they perceive as the negative elements hindering the growth of their children.
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Sabra & Shatila awith the international friends commemorate 31st nniversary of the Massacre

Since 31 years Sabra and Shatila is waiting every year the 3 darkest days every September, which filled with pain and saddest memories, everything still alive in the minds of who were there during 16 – 18 September 1982, when the Israelis army and their followers the phalanges and extremes Lebanese groups came to poorest area in Beirut suburb, Sabra & Shatila to kill randomly everybody they found at night, children, mothers, old and young even the animals, dogs, horses, cats and goats were killed too. That savage crime was done without any try of the Murderer Sharon (the Leader of the Israeli army in Lebanon at that time) to stop the killing of the innocent civilians, Palestinian, Lebanese’s, Syrians, Egyptian, and many other nationalities. up to now there is no real figures, but everybody says that not less 2500 to 3000 people were killed… Every year Sabra & Shatila people carry their pain, tears, sadness and the pictures of their beloved and their memories and walk collectively with candles and flowers in their hand to the Martyrs cemetery, telling their beloved that they didn’t forget them, and they will continue the struggle to lead the Israel murderers to the justice and court.

Every year. Sabra & Shatila receive solidarity and more international supporters share them the sad memories and join them the commemoration of the Sabra & Shatila Massacre. They hear their friendly and supportive words. especially the promise of supporters that they will carry the voice of Sabra & Shatila and Palestinian cause to their societies and governments.

Last Monday and Tuesday 16 and 17 Sep. we had walked from Shatila camp with some of the martyrs relatives, carrying their martyrs photos, political Organizations, NGO’s and the camp population. Some friends from France, UK, Taiwan, Italian, Danish, and others were with us. the Marches end with putting the candles and flowers on the graves, and speeches of the political leaders.

The program has included beside the two marches to the cemetery.
1- Opening an exhibition of the martyrs and the massacre place at CYC
2- A Palestinian folklore Dance, songs and poems performed by the CYC children

Every body raised the main wish that the criminals to be soon in the court, where the justice finds its way to those Israeli war murderers after all their crimes against humanity…

Thanks to all the support from our international friends, we are looking to their presence as a step to convince their governments to open their eyes on the Palestinian people tragedy since these governments supported Israel foundation on the expense of the Palestinian People…

CYC strenthing the solidarity relations in Gotheborg Sweden

CYC participated in the Peace Race – Gothenburg

As part of the cooperation and friendship between Children& Youth Centre- CYC and The Proletaren FF- Sweden. Mr. Mahmoud Abbas – Abu Moujahed was invited by PFF in Sweden where he met Mr. Bengt and Miss Ingrid Frejd and participated in the Annual Peace Race 5 Km.
Abu Moujahed has been honored to give the trophies and prizes to the winners of the Race.
also he has a speech where he has mention to great friendship with PFF, with appreciation to solidarity activities, mainly the PFF slogan Boycott Israel and opposing The US criminal policies…

Mr. Abu Moujahed has the opportunity to meet the Swedish part of CYC family Children & Youth Foundation in Sweden, and the God Mothers and God Parents who are providing support to the refugee children in Shatila and other Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, mainly now the support to the Palestinian and Syrian refugee children the victim of the war in Syria. The meetings had include showing photos and deep discussion about the economical, social and security condition of the camps… In addition to that the expectation for the war in Syria and how that affect the civilian…
Mr. Abu Moujahed has a lecture in Varberg with the members of the Thinker Tank, who really went in details about the area situation including the refugee condition and the Camp capacity to deal with the huge of refugees in misery condition.
The Abu Moujahed has visited the Mixgardenclub committee and exchange views about the refugee condition and the possibility of having an exchange project and future cooperation…
It was good opportunity to visit the Sandeklevsskolan where Abu Moujahed had talked to the students and teachers about Lebanon and regional situation.
Abu Moujahed has visited a new refugee camp in Varberg where he met the new refugees from Syria, Somali, Iran. Iraq and other people…
It was successful visit to Sweden, to wonderful friends and supporters of CYC and Palestinian children and people with its struggle for peace, freedom, just and right to return home Free Palestine..

CYC Children Summer Camp 2013

The Children and Youth Center launched the annual Children summer camp in Siblin College – UNRWA, from 12 to 19 august 2013

With 70 children and teenagers from Sabra, Shatila, and Nahr El Bared Camps, CYC has started the annual children camp funded by UNICEF and Save the Children, which allowed the Children to have the chance to enjoy the space of freedom and play in a clean environment. The children played, danced, sang, had talent development programs, and practiced their hobbies, such as sports, drawing, painting, and handcrafts. In addition to that, they were able to make friendships from both camps. Lectures on child rights, nonviolence, and negative effects of school dropout were also given, where the children were active listeners, since they reflected back on the main points and summarized what has been said. Moreover, a trip was held to Qasmieh River.

At the end of the camping, an exhibition was held whereby the parents were invited to see their children’s displayed work which they made throughout the week of their camping. The best aspect of the camping witnessed by the facilitators was the joy and happiness that appeared on the Children’s faces during that week. It felt it was worth all the hard work with the children because we were able to notice a glimpse of their happiness that isn’t usually seen in the distressing and tight atmosphere of the refugee camp. Thanks to UNICEF and Save the Children for funding the summer camp, and to UNRWA for hosting the summer camp in Siblin Center.

CYC Iftar with the Palestinian Refugees from Syria

CYC has celebrated the End of Ramadan with 250 Palestinian Refugees from Syria. The Gathering was familiar and in brotherly atmosphere, where the children and their parents joint the Iftar.. Everything was arranged between CYC team and the Refugee committee, working and receiving and serving the families together…
Abu Moujahed The CYC Director has welcomed the brothers, relatives and destiny partners, He has criticized any discrimination and deprivation toward the refugees, calling them to do their best to return to their houses in Syria, Abu Moujahed has mention to the shortage of support, he has ask the refugees to organize them selves, and work for their Human Rights and the International Geneva refugee treaty. especially their rights to have the shelter the health care and education to their children, Every body was happy and enjoy evening.

8th Days Sit In of The Palestinian refugees from Syria

Still the Palestinian refugees from Syria continuing their Sit In in the street in front of the Main Office of UNRWA in Beirut with their children and families waiting any positive answer to solve their misery conditions and suffering out of the lack of minimum needs of normal living… Their requests still to have a Housing, hospitalization, Education and food…

Two day ago it has rained, they didn’t have place to hide them selves at the middle of night, everything became wet, the few blankets and mattresses and themselves… The volunteers who rush to help couldn’t do anything,,, when we thought to move at least the children and women to their homes until morning,, the surprise was that many of them have no houses to go to… At morning some of them got sick and pain especially the children and the old ones whom already sick… Few children and old mothers were Lucky to protect them in 3 volunteers cars and a small mini Bus… while the rest remain under the rain.

Yesterday the refugees have faced three critical cases,,,
First was a child in very bad situation after they found a Rat eating his foot.
Second, a child fall and got bad injury in the head.
Third A child got sick out of the condition of Sit in with the cold weather at night…

When they took the children for treatment they were requested for money even the three cases were emergency cases… So they had to ask the people to help for paying the hospitals and medicine…
Up to now UNRWA and the international community, and even some Palestinian associations and socil or privet organization are deaf and blind to hear or see those protesters living in the street since 8 days with no cover, food or water except what the generosity of the persons or groups who are trying to get them a little of the needs… Up to now UNRWA is still closing the gates in their faces even to use a toilet or washing their faces… Women and children have to search for a hidden corner where to help them selves to use instead of Toilet… They asked the municipality to help with Mobile toilet, but till now they are getting promises not more…

The situation is getting everyday from bad to worse… As a result of this ignorant policy toward the refugees from Syria it has provoke the Palestinian refugee camps population in Lebanon, So many people start planning for action support to the protestors, Then UNRWA, the international bodies, The Lebanese Government, PLO have to carry their responsibilities to find solution equal to what they did in other areas in Lebanon…

UNRWA is trying to play smart through announcing about soon distribution to the Refugees,,, But the refugees from Syria they are refusing this fooling around policy,,, They want clear commitment to their requests at least monthly and not occasionally…

So while we thank all the friends who have provided those poor victim of the war in Syria, we call again all the friends and everybody who could help to support with what ever is available… Children milk, Hygiene, Blankets, Mattresses, Food, medicine, money, Until UNRWA and Lebanese Government and the Western and Arab supporters of the war in Syria see the civilians how they are surviving in the streets’ Pavements…

Next time we will names the international and national and usual foreign donors who are hesitating to help this time…

CYC

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The Palestinian Refugees from Syria started a Sit IN

Dear friends,

I would like to inform you that the Palestinian Refugees from Syria are now, for the 5th day making a Sit In in front of the Main Office of UNRWA in Beirut. This is after they became fully convinced that they are forgotten and will not be receiving real support. Although they appreciate the initiatives from this association or another, and the individual solidarity, but all what have received is still less than the minimum of what the refugees need concerning Housing, Health Care (Hospitalization) Education, nutrition, (children milk, Hygiene , cloths), etc…

The refugees are suffering out of the high living costs in Lebanon, while they have lost everything in Syria, in addition to the fact that they are threatened to be thrown on the street.

Of course, we do understand and support their loud voice out of their pain and we do believe they should benefit from what the Child Rights, Human Rights, and Refugee Rights treaties call for in order for them to survive, with dignity and respect. We do believe this situation will carry a huge threat to the children’s safety and protection from delinquency, child labor, drop out of schools, moral and physical abuse and exploitation.

CYC is standing beside this popular strike, and supporting their action, as well as calling for all who can give a hand to them to not hesitate. Therefore, whatever you can provide can be of big help to them. We consider their strike supportive to all the NGO’s demanding for emergency and relief work for the refugees.

The Refugees stopped believing the excuses of the donors. such like lack of acknowledge, or they work on need assessment, or waiting the answers for their appeals. The refugees believe that the government’s concern is directed to support mainly the military groups and gang who are involved in the war in Syria, and not planning to support civilians whom are left without protection and support.

We do ask our friends NGO’s, association and individuals, Palestinian, Lebanese, Arab and international to help those families who are sitting on the street under the sun in the day and cold at night without any possibilities. what ever is needed, financial, material or moral support, blankets, food, visit support, milk and diapers, clothes, since everything can be useful to them in the situation they are in right now. It a duty to all of us to play a human supportive role for those to get minimum normal life in a shelter and protect their children…
Unfortunately UNRWA has closed The main gate in their faces, isolated them out of the wall to the street, deprived the mothers and children even from using a toilet or water to wash…

Children & Youth Centre – CYC