BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — More than a quarter of children in the West Bank and Gaza live in poverty, the official statistics agency said in a report marking universal children’s day on Sunday.
According to data collected by PCBS in 2010, 26.9 percent of children experience poverty, and the proportion is significantly higher in Gaza at 38.4 percent, than in the West Bank at 19 percent.
The report found that nearly half of the Palestinian population in 2011 is under 18.
The near two million children make up 48.2 percent of all Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, it said.
About 65,000 children between the ages of 5 and 14 are working in paid or unpaid, or 6 percent of this age group, the report found.
Boys were more likely to work, whereas girls were more likely to be married, the report said, noting that 1.6 percent of females and 0.2 percent of males are married between the ages of 12 and 17.
Nearly half of Palestinian children are refugees at 45 percent, and more than two-thirds, 68.8 percent, of children in the Gaza Strip are refugees, it said.
Universal children’s day was established by the UN in 1954 to highlight the welfare of children.
(www.maannews.net / 20.11.2011)