On 4th December 2015, The World Federation joined other shia organisations under the banner ZAINABIYYA ALLIANCE FOR REFUGEES to lead a second trip to Greece to assist refugees arriving on Europe’s shores. The following is a daily report from a volunteer of our team’s work in Lesvos, Greece.
The violent conflict in the Gaza Strip that began on 8 July 2014 and lasted through to the 26 August 2014 cease-fire has caused immense human suffering and devastation. The numbers of civilian fatalities, injuries and displacements, and the destruction of homes and other civilian infrastructure, are unprecedented. The emergency in Gaza is far from over.
In August 2014, The World Federation contributed $90,000 USD in aid to Palestine. Since then, humanitarian assistance mostly in the form of food provisions to the affected families has been ongoing. Thanks to the continued support of concerned donors from around the world, The World Federation has allocated another $90,000 USD in aid to Gaza which to support families as they rebuild their lives in the aftermath of the conflict.
Current reports show that the recent conflict has:
- Displaced a quarter of the total Gaza population (amounts to about 500,000 people)
- Claimed the lives of 506 Palestinian children; the cumulative death toll among Palestinians is at least 2,158, including 260 women
- Injured over 10,000 people where an estimated 1,000 of the 3,000 children who have been injured will suffer from a life-long disability
- Has rendered over 20,000 homes as uninhabitable - leaving families with no homes left to return to.
- Damaged vital water and sanitation infrastructure with at least 40 per cent (and likely more) of the water supply network unusable
- Brought the Gaza economy to a virtual standstill, not only due to the pervasive security situation, but also due to damage in the main industrial areas
Relief efforts including the distribution of food and non-food items, primary health care, psychosocial support and emergency education activities are underway. However, it is important to note that the Israeli blockade of Gaza continues and has entered its 8th year in June 2014 and continues to have a devastating effect as access to markets and people’s movement to and from the Gaza Strip remain severely restricted. The economy and its capacity to create jobs has been devastated, with the majority of the population becoming dependent on humanitarian aid to meet basic needs. The number of registered Palestine refugees relying on food aid has increased from fewer than 80,000 in 2000 to over 830,000 today.
HUMANITARIAN NEED & RESPONSE
In an effort to help families recover from the devastation of the conflict, our regional partner in Gaza is working hard to:
- Deliver food and non-food items to families
- Provide potable and non-potable water in areas of need
- Provide emergency education which focuses on cleanliness, usage of cleaning materials, best practices in water use, how to keep food from being contaminated, how to treat lice
- Assess the cost of damaged homes
- Facilitate the return of displaced families to their homes
- Find new shelter for those whose homes have been destroyed
- Support minor and major repairs to damaged homes
The World Federation’s most recent contribution of $90,000 USD will support this ongoing work in Gaza.
PLEASE DONATE: GAZA RELIEF FUND
Since the cease-fire of 26 August 2014, the Palestinian people living in the Gaza Strip have been undergoing extremely difficult times. Please donate generously to the GAZA RELIEF FUND where The World Federation has committed to sending more humanitarian aid to Gaza to bring relief to men, women and children living in and outside of refugee camps. Thank you for your support.
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