Hi, I’m Pernille Ironside, Chief of UNICEF Gaza Field Office. I’ve worked with UNICEF in Democratic Republic of Congo, Nepal, Yemen, Pakistan, the Philippines, and now, Gaza, to protect children. AMA about the effects of violent conflict on children.
I’m currently Chief of UNICEF's Gaza Field Office, where I lead UNICEF's emergency response across the Gaza Strip in the occupied Palestinian territory. I’ve been in Gaza since August 2013. I joined the UN in 2002 and served in various other roles, including in the Philippines, Yemen, Pakistan, Nepal, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and as UNICEF's global adviser on child protection in emergencies at Headquarters in New York. Since I’m here as a neutral representative of the UN, I hope we can keep the discussions civil. Thanks for your interest!
UPDATE: We're wrapping up for now, but I'll try to check in later this evening to answer more questions, so keep them coming! My UNICEF social media colleagues will also jump in to answer questions if they can.
Thank you all so much for these great questions. Thanks also for making my first experience with Reddit such an engaging and positive one. I was a friend and great admirer of one of Reddit's creators, Aaron Swartz.
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