Palestine

Gaza’s Ongoing Crisis

The inception of the state of Israel in 1948 started the destructive cycle which has resulted in Gaza’s Ongoing Crisis. Failed resolutions between Israel and Palestine to secure land have eventually displaced a significant amount of the Palestinian population, forcing them in to refugee camps in Gaza or in nearby countries such as Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq.

Gaza is home to over two million Palestinians with nearly 40 percent of them live below the poverty line. From this two million, over 600,000 Palestinians live permanently in refugee camps, resulting in one of the most densely populated area in the world.

Crisis Aid are committed to help Gaza in its ongoing cry for help – we cannot forget them. From providing hot meals for Gaza and food parcels to implementing long term plans like water wells, we will continue to help for as long as possible. Palestinian men, women and children are silent but waiting. But this can only be done with the generosity of our supporters. Donate now to help the blessed people of Palestine.

Decades of conflict and ongoing Israeli blockades have left thousands of Palestinians in destitute conditions in Gaza. For generations they have suffered at the hands of the neighbouring Israelis who have not only bombarded them with continuous airstrikes but have allowed them little access to the most basic needs such as food, water and electricity. Shocking reports from the UN estimate 90 percent of the water in Gaza is undrinkable and over half the population struggle to provide food for their families.

Blockades and the lack of freedom of movement means jobs are scarce and people cannot work, with unemployment recently reported at a record-breaking 50 percent. Inevitable this leads to relying on basic food and handouts from international aid or starving. Food which is available in shops is expensive as so little gets in and consequently families cannot afford to feed their families healthily. Therefore, many children suffer from diseases related to malnutrition such as rickets and anaemia. The UN aid agency in Gaza reports electricity is only available for a few hours a day in Gaza which has devastating effects on the Palestinian infrastructure. Hence impacting the availability of essential services, particularly health, water and sanitation services, and continues to undermine Gaza’s fragile economy, particularly the manufacturing and agriculture sectors.

Living through blockades and repeated armed conflicts and violence have led Palestinians to exist in an atmosphere of death and destruction and this has in turn created generations of people with unseen psychological trauma, deepening Gaza’s Ongoing Crisis.  As expected, it is the children who are hit the hardest. Growing up in ruins as orphans, scrounging for food or seeing loved ones mindlessly killed has rendered many young children irreversibly damaged, leaving some unable to speak or communicate. This has caused a generation of lost children without a future.

The situation in Gaza just seems to escalate, causing further devastation and heartache. Fed up of spiralling economic conditions in Gaza’s Ongoing Crisis, mid-2018 saw thousands of Palestinians take part in mainly peaceful demonstrations along the border of Gaza and Israel. Israel retaliated harshly with further airstrikes, killing nearly 200 – including 13 children – and injuring thousands more (UN). The worsening situation has exacerbated the needs of the Palestinians, which means turning to the outside world for help.