GAZA: THE STRUGGLE FOR LIFE BEHIND THE RUINS


Hunger, thirst, inadequate hygiene, loss, and tears—these elements encapsulate the daily reality for those striving to survive in Gaza. Yet, behind this stark summary lies an even deeper layer of tragedy.

The fate of the people of Gaza was redetermined by the power outages that occurred from the first moment of the bombardment, the difficulties in accessing food and clean water, the decrease in the number of hospitals serving and the difficulty of the health sector in providing adequate service due to the lack of equipment there. Although these basic needs, which have an important place in human life, continue to be provided with relief, unfortunately they are still not sufficient.

A child playing inside his destroyed house, Gaza

Although the people of Gaza try to make their difficulties and their voices heard to the world, unfortunately, many more dramas that cannot be seen with the naked eye are hidden behind the scenes. As the curtain opens slightly, it becomes clear that women and children are among those most affected by the disasters. And hunger shows itself in all its glory. Mothers who cannot feed their children adequately and little children who have to queue to get a bowl of food reveal the impact of what happened.

Children and families are tested with hunger

Relief trucks are restricted from entering northern Gaza, making food access an increasingly big problem. WHO Regional Emergencies Director Rick Brennan stated that acute malnutrition is the greatest danger for children under 2 years old. 1  Unfortunately, this situation causes an increase in child losses.

Definitely, the areas affected by the lack of relief are not limited to Northern Gaza. Rafah, Khan Younis, Gaza city continues to struggle with the same problems. The difficulties encountered do not only affect women and children; unfortunately, people of all ages living in the region face common problems. So much so that one of the most obvious factors is the lack of hygiene… Families trying to build a new life in tents near their bombed houses are forced to leave their garbage in nearby areas. These piles of garbage accumulated in the common areas where children play and people have to live are turning into a huge mountain day by day, as a harbinger of possible diseases that may occur. Moreover, there is little or no access to clean water, causes people to use the same water over and over again to wash their clothes, dishes etc.

Lack of hygiene is one of the most important problems in Gaza.

The problems faced by people of all ages in Gaza make their lives more difficult day by day. The International Blue Crescent Foundation plans to urgently continue its relief for the region and support innocent civilians living in pain. More than ever, we need your support, our dear donors, to provide hope for the cries for help rising from the region. We call on our donors to respond to the urgent needs of the people of Gaza.

You can reach our emergency response via the link: https://ibc.org.tr/EN/1710/ibc-flash-appeal-responding-gaza-crisis



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