Population: 3, 945,139
Life expectancy: 73 years
GNI per capita: $1,120
Under 5s mortality: 24 per 1000 live births
More than four million Palestinians are refugees under UN definitions. Some are living in camps in neighbouring Arab states, most are living in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Poverty is widespread, as house demolitions, movement restrictions, the ongoing conflict, and the massive West Bank “security” wall have brought hardship to millions. Agricultural production is increasingly difficult and access to essential services such as food, water and healthcare is severely hampered.
CWS first funded relief for Palestinian refugees in 1949 and has supported programmes for Palestinian refugees through the Middle East Council of Churches for over 30 years. Today the work is focused on: