Gaza Emergency

Gaza Emergency

© 2016 UNRWA Photo
14 June – 21 June | issue 149 Under this year’s theme, Will You Stand #WithRefugees , 20 June marks World Refugee Day, commemorating the strength, courage, and resilience of millions of refugees around the world. Today, there are approximately five million Palestine refugees, or 40 per cent of those in the world’s protracted refugee situation; 1.3 million of them live in Gaza, a 365-square-kilometre-enclave living under a blockade which entered its tenth year in June 2016. Electricity and fuel shortages, food insecurity, extreme water pollution, repeated armed violence and an ongoing...
Seventy-five-year-old Palestine refugee Jamila Hashisho sitting outside her home in Beach camp, in western Gaza City. © 2016 UNRWA Photo by Tamer Hamam
On the occasion of World Refugee Day, UNRWA shares the voices of Palestine refugees in Gaza, reminding the world of their plight and long journey
Real stories, real lives – what the Gaza blockade means
The Gaza Strip is a war-ravaged, poverty-stricken area, locked into 365 square kilometers and living under a tight illegal blockade on land, air a sea, which entered its tenth year in June 2016. The blockade, in addition to recurrent armed violence and conflict, today remains the principle causes of the socio-economic and psychosocial crisis in Gaza.
“Sometimes many days pass and we can’t wash the laundry. The children get scabies and lice,” said Salwa Abu Nemer, who lives with her family in a makeshift shelter in Khan Younis, southern Gaza. Salwa’s home, like those of many people in Gaza, is not connected to the municipal water network. © 2016 UNRWA Photo by Tamer Hamam
Thirty-three-year-old Salwa Abu Nemer considers the lack of running water as one of her family’s most serious problems, as it causes disease and sickness
Thirty-six-year-old Heyam Farahat holding her son, 6-year-old Ali, in their home in Rafah, southern Gaza. © 2016 UNRWA Photo by Tamer Hamam
The blockade on the Gaza Strip has entailed a tight control over all aspects of life since 2007, severely restricting the movement of goods, as well as people. This lack of freedom of movement impacts the Palestinians’ right to enjoy the highest standards of human rights and development, including the right to medical treatment. Six-year-old Ali Farahat is a Palestine refugee boy living in Rafah, southern Gaza. Since he was born, Ali has been living in political, social and economic instability and under a blockade. In spite of his youth, he has already lived through two armed conflicts, the...
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The scale of human loss and destruction in Gaza during the 2014 conflict was catastrophic and has, in the words of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, “shocked and shamed the world.” During the 50 days from 8 July until 26 August 2014, 2,251 Palestinians were killed, 1,462 of them are believed to be civilians, including 551 children and 299 women. Sixty-six Israeli soldiers and five civilians, including one child, were also killed. Overall, 11,231 Palestinians were injured during the conflict, including 3,540 women and 3,436 children. Roughly one third of these children will have to cope with permanent disabilities for the rest of their lives as a result of their injuries.

During the violence, 118 UNRWA installations were damaged, including 83 schools and 10 health centres. Over 12,600 housing units were totally destroyed and almost 6,500 sustained severe damage. Almost 150,000 additional housing units sustained various degrees of damage and remained inhabitable. The conflict led to a homelessness crisis in Gaza, with almost 500,000 persons displaced at its peak; thousands remain displaced to this day.

More information is available on the #GazaOneYearLater campaign page and the Gaza eight years of blockade infographic

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Facts & Figures

 

2,251 people killed

 

 

11,231 people injured

 

 

300,000

persons spent some

time displaced

in UNRWA shelters

 

 

83 UNRWA schools,

10 health centres

& 25 other instalations

damaged

 

 

47,000+ families

have not received

payments for house

repair works due

to lack of funding
(as of 1 September 2015)

 

 

  Impacted housing units during the 2014 Gaza conflict. © URNWA

 

More information on the impact of the 2014 conflict & UNRWA response

Gap 89.21
Coverage 10.79

Funding Requirements

In the oPt, Palestine refugees are exposed to the lasting consequences of an occupation now approaching 50 years. In Gaza, a decade-long blockade and repeated cycles of conflict has rendered the majority of the population dependent on aid to meet basic needs. Unemployment rates in the small coastal strip are among the highest in the world, particularly for women and youth.

In the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, violence and operations by Israeli security forces, access restrictions, forced displacement, demolitions, and other rights violations increased significantly since October 2015. As a result of this intensified protection crisis, as well as the impact of long-term military occupation, Palestinian living standards are undermined, and the demand for humanitarian assistance interventions has remained high.

In 2016, UNRWA needs US$ 403 million to meet the minimum humanitarian needs of Palestine refugees in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Read the full 2016 oPt emergency appeal.

 

Total Appeal$403,000,000
Received to Date$43,500,000
Gap$359,500,000
Coverage10.79%
Gap89.21%

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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