Plight of Palestine Refugees, Illuminates Christmas Night in Vienna

palestine18 December 2014 – To mark the climax of the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, an iconic image from the newly digitized photo archives of the UN agency tasked with assisting Palestinian refugees throughout the Middle East was Illuminates today night onto UN headquarter and Leopold Museum at MuseumsQuartier (MQ) in Vienna, one of the eighth largest cultural area in the world.

By projecting the image on these two landmark buildings in Vienna, the United Nations Office at Vienna, the UN Information Service (UNIS), the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs and the City of Vienna are joining Building Solidarity, UNRWA’s international campaign in which, besides Vienna, the image was being displayed on buildings in seven cities across the world: Bangkok, Beirut, Jakarta, Marrakesh, New York, Seville and Tokyo.

The huge photograph, originally taken in 1983 and featuring a UN Relief and Works Agency in the Near East (UNRWA) school girl, was visible for six hours and was also displayed on buildings in Bangkok, Beirut, Dubai, Jakarta, Seville, Tokyo, Marrakesh, and Vienna as part of the agency’s Building Solidarity campaign, which seeks to highlight the unresolved political plight of Palestinian refugees.

Through the Building Solidarity campaign, UNRWA has digitized more than 300,000 of its nearly half a million images, dating from as far back as 1948 and the original displacement of Palestinians. The archive has been recognized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) with “Memory of the World” status and will be available on line to journalists, writers, scholars and anyone interested in the long and still unresolved question of Palestine refugees and the development of UNRWA’s services over six decades.

 

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