Annual UN-backed Summer Games to give Gaza’s children ‘a chance to be kids’

Annual UN-backed Summer Games to give Gaza’s children ‘a chance to be kids’


They may be smaller than
your average runner, but their flames are
still burning strong. This week, 57 children
like these ran in an Olympic-style torch relay
through the Gaza strip to open the 2011
Gaza Summer Games. For six weeks, the Summer
Games will provide 250,000 kids with activities in sports,
theatre, arts, music and dance. Most crucially, in this
conflict affected region, it gives them a chance
to just be children. Christopher Gunness,
Spokesman for the United Nations Agency
for Palestinian Refugees: “Children being normal
under blockade that is what
it’s all about; giving them a
sense of normality in a situation which is
anything but normal.” For more UN videos visit:
www.un.org/webcast

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