The Gaza Strip is one of the most densely populated places on Earth. It has a population of approximately 2.2 million people. Ongoing power shortages impact essential services like health, water and sanitation leaving people desperate.
The situation in Palestine is unbearable for many. Gaza has been described as an “open-air prison”. Conditions in Gaza were dire even before the recent escalations in conflict, with occupation, blockade and recurring conflict causing deep poverty and suffering.
80% of the population are dependent on humanitarian assistance to survive.
The invasion of Gaza has left millions of people unable to find food and in a catastrophic condition. Almost the entire 2.2 million population need food assistance. The Gazans are in desperate need of food. According to the World food programme “nearly one third of the population of Palestine, 1.84 million people are food insecure”.
Palestine has for many decades needed humanitarian assistance. However, that need has never been more acute than now. We must direct our efforts towards relieving the plight of starving children (and adults). The plight of the Gazans depends on so many factors and calls on a multi-faceted approach.
We must never turn away and say, “what can we do”. This is our responsibility; our calling and we must answer that call. This has never been about Muslims, Jews or Christians. It is about humanity and basic essential necessities. How can we turn a blind eye when we are called upon.
Humanitarian conditions in Gaza are critical where food and water are running out.
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