Gaza refugees’ plight

Karen AbuZayd, Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)

1941 - Born in Ohio
1963 - Graduates, Depauw University, Indiana
1971 - M.A. in Islamic studies, McGill University, Canada
1971 - Lecturer, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
1977 - Lecturer, Juba University, southern Sudan
1981 - Begins humanitarian career in the Sudan
1989 - Moves to Namibia to co-ordinate the return of Apartheid-era refugees
1990 - Moves to Sierra Leone to head the office of the United Nations high commissioner for refugees, Freetown
1991 - Directs the south African repatriation operation and Kenyan-Somali cross-border operation
1993 - Chief of mission during the Bosnian War, Sarajevo
1995 - Chief of the cabinet to high commissioner and regional representative for the United States and the Caribbean, UNHCR
2000 - Deputy commissioner-general, united nations relief and works agency
2005 - Acting commissioner-general, UNRWA
2005 - Commissioner-general, UNRWA

Statistics say there are more than 13 million refugees in the world. But the single biggest refugee camp is the Gaza Strip, and it has been such for already 60 years! To talk about the condition of the refugees in Gaza following the Israeli military operation of last winter, our guest today is Karen AbuZayd, Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.