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Gaza students meet the Elders

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Twenty Palestinian students leave Gaza for the first time to meet Desmond Tutu, Graça Machel and Mary Robinson in South Africa, and Gro Brundtland in Norway.


In July 2010, ten Palestinian students from Gaza visited South Africa on a human rights study trip, where they met with three Elders: Archbishop Tutu, Mary Robinson and Graça Machel. The following week, a second group travelled to Norway to meet with Elder and former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Brundtland.

None of the teenagers on the trip had ever left Gaza before. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) organised the visits to encourage young Palestinians to learn more about human rights, as well as to give them an opportunity to experience life outside the Gaza strip.

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