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Displaced Palestinian children participate in a play session at a U.N. school where they had sought refuge along with their families during the war, in Gaza City.
Displaced Palestinian children participate in a play session at a U.N. school where they had sought refuge along with their families during the war, in Gaza City.
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The UNICEF chief in Gaza is doing a Reddit AMA today

Ask her anything.
Aug 20th 2014, 7:45 AM 4,310 28

THE CHIEF OF UNICEF’s field office in Gaza will today answer the world’s questions.

Pernille Ironside will take questions during a live Q&A session on Reddit from 5pm today.

Ironside has been leading UNICEF’s response providing life-saving support to children in Gaza during the most recent violence and destruction.

For the past decade she has worked in some of the most difficult places in the world – DRC, South Sudan, Sudan, Yemen and others – protecting children affected by conflict.

She is a hosting the Reddit ‘Ask Me Anything’ to highlight the effects of conflict on children and the work of UNICEF Palestine.

The AMA kicks off at 5pm today.

UNICEF says that the recent pause in fighting has helped them bring life-saving assistance to children in Gaza, but says a sustained peace is needed to reach hundreds of thousands more children who “desperately need support to rebuild their lives”.

“This conflict, coming on top of previous conflicts and deepening poverty, has had a devastating impact on children, who make up half the population of Gaza. Together with partners we are providing critical care and support, but the needs of children are immense and acute,” said UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Yoka Brandt.

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