Gaza Emergency

Gaza Emergency

Urgent Funding required to address unprecedented destruction in the Gaza Strip. © UNRWA/Shareef Sarhan
More than twice as many refugee family homes in Gaza were damaged or destroyed during this summer’s conflict than had initially been estimated, according to the technical assessment just completed by UNRWA. “Based on satellite imagery and preliminary field work conducted immediately after the conflict we estimated about 42,000 refugee family shelters had been affected by the war, we now know that over 96,000 homes were damaged or destroyed, more than double what we expected to find” said Robert Turner, Director of Operations for UNRWA in Gaza.
Gaza Situation Report 74
UNRWA school buildings continue to serve as Collective Centres for 19,010 IDPs. Under the responsibility of the UNRWA Collective Centre Management Unit (CCMU)
UNRWA Emergency Appeal calls for US$ 414 million to support refugees in the occupied Palestinian territory
UNRWA has launched an emergency appeal for US$ 414 million to support Palestine refugees living in the occupied Palestinian territory.
Shareef Sarhan/UNRWA Archives
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai has announced she is donating US$ 50,000 to rebuild an UNRWA school damaged during the recent fighting in Gaza. Ms. Yousafzai made the announcement in Stockholm, where she accepted the prestigious World's Children's Prize. The amount represents all the prize money.
Shareef Sarhan/UNRWA Archives
When I was awoken by a call from our Gaza director at 6:20 in the morning on July 30, it was instantly clear the news wouldn't be good. And it wasn't. A U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) school sheltering 3,000 displaced people from the raging conflict had just been hit by artillery fire, and many people were reported dead or injured. Children seeking refuge in classrooms had been killed in their sleep. It was an outrage, a disgrace.
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Facts & Figures

The Human Toll

 

2,150 people killed (as of September 11)

 

Thousands of people injured

 

65,700
displaced people in UNRWA shelters (as of  September 11)

 

 

Gaza In Numbers

 

1.2 million refugees

230,000+ students

 

8 refugee camps

21 health centres

 

12,000+ staff members

12 food distribution
centres

 

245 schools

 

 

Donate

Gaza Emergency 1
US$ 30 GIVES COUNSELLING TO A TRAUMATISED CHILD
Gaza Emergency Donate Message 2
US$ 40 FEEDS A PERSON TWO DAILY MEALS FOR A WEEK
Gaza Emergency Donate Message 3
US$ 149 PROVIDES A FAMILY WITH MATTRESSES,...
Gaza Emergency Donate Message 4
US$ 1080 FEEDS A FAMILY IN GAZA FOR A MONTH

Funding Requirements

The violent conflict in the Gaza Strip that began on 8 July 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.

As of 22 August, a quarter of the total Gaza population is internally displaced as a result of the hostilities. Approximately 300,000 are sheltered in 85 UNRWA schools, 45,000 are hosted in non-UNRWA premises, and at least 137,400 more are in other hosting arrangements. With the summer 2014 hostilities in their seventh week, the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) seeking refuge in UNRWA installations has reached levels never before seen in Gaza’s history. As hostilities persist and destruction continues, the number of Palestinians seeking shelter is expected to increase further, along with the humanitarian needs of the population, and consequently also the scope of UNRWA’s response. Additionally, it is evident from the level of destruction of housing that many among the displaced population will not be able to return home once the hostilities have ceased. The Agency has revised–yet again- the projections of assistance needed until the end of the year and the funding required to respond appropriately.

A total of US$ 295.4 million is necessary to enable UNRWA to provide assistance through the end September, within a revised scenario of up to 500,000 displaced people seeking assistance, 65 per cent of whom are expected to continue to take shelter in UNRWA schools.

 

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