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Margot Ellis


Give Palestinian Children a Voice

I am Rama. I wish I could have my old classroom back. I am 10 years old and in fifth grade. My classroom in Gaza has been destroyed. I hope that it is rebuilt one day soon so I can study with my friends inside it once more. I have so many fond memories in this place. Photo by UNRWA.

Twenty-five years ago today world leaders adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most complete statement in history of humanity’s aspiration to give children universal rights protection to achieve their full potential. This noble document outlined the steps that we should all take to allow the youngest and most vulnerable in our communities to realise the highest levels of human dignity.   A quarter a century on, the abysmal situation on the ground ...

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Margot Ellis was appointed Deputy Commissioner-General for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) on 24 January 2010. In this senior leadership position she supports the Commissioner-General in providing strategic direction and operational leadership for the Agency that supports the relief and development needs of five million Palestine refugees in the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria.