Gaza Emergency

Gaza Emergency

© 2016 UNRWA Photo
19 July – 26 July 2016 | issue 154 “We are living in a big prison; we don’t know when we will be free. We, the people of Gaza, lack one of the basics of life which is electricity, and everybody, young and old, suffers from that. Imagine living one day with the power out, and this describes the least about our life in Gaza.” Ahmed Al Madhoun, member of the UNRWA Gaza central student parliament. Learn more here. HIGHLIGHTS On 23 July, UNRWA opened Summer Fun Weeks (SFWs) 2016 under the slogan “Let the fun begin, a light of hope amid despair” in the Zaitoun Preparatory Girls School (B) in Gaza...
Orthodox scouting performing the Palestinian anthem during the opening ceremony of UNRWA 2016 Summer fun weeks at Al Zaitoun preparatory girls school (B) Photo credit: © UNRWA Gaza 2016. Photo by Tamer Hamam.
Under the slogan “let the fun begin, a light of hope amid despair” UNRWA celebrated the opening ceremony of its Summer Fun Weeks (SFWs) for 2016 on Saturday, the 23rd of July
Fisherman Amjad al-Shirafi is preparing his boat at the Gaza seaport. “All I wish is to live my life with my family in dignity and to be able to sail like other fishermen in the world,” he said. © 2016 UNRWA Photo by Tamer Hamam.
Fishing and fishing-related activities have traditionally supported the livelihoods of thousands of families across the Gaza Strip. However, over the past nine years, the ability of people to gain a living from this sector has been severely undermined as a result of fishing access limits imposed by the Israeli authorities along the Gaza coast
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.
Jihad Abu Mihaisen, a Palestine refugee woman, collecting stones from rubble to resell as a source of income for her family. © 2016 UNRWA Photo by Tamer Hamam
Out of desperation, 48-year-old Jihad, like many others, is earning an income by going through the rubble of damaged houses – a dire reminder of the devastating 2014 conflict
© 2016 UNRWA Photo
19 July – 26 July 2016 | issue 154 “We are living in a big prison; we don’t know when we will be free. We, the people of Gaza, lack one of the basics of life which is electricity, and everybody, young and old, suffers from that. Imagine living one day with the power out, and this describes the least about our life in Gaza.” Ahmed Al Madhoun, member of the UNRWA Gaza central student parliament. Learn more here. HIGHLIGHTS On 23 July, UNRWA opened Summer Fun Weeks (SFWs) 2016 under the slogan “Let the fun begin, a light of hope amid despair” in the Zaitoun Preparatory Girls School (B) in Gaza...
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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. Today, more than 300,000 children are in need of psycho-social support.

During the violence, over 142,000 housing units were impacted by the conflict, of which 9117 were completely destroyed and 5,417 severely damaged. The conflict led to a homelessness crisis in Gaza, with almost 500,000 persons displaced at its peak; 75,000 persons remain displaced to this day. Over the past two years, UNRWA has distributed US 190.7 million as part of its Emergency Shelter Programme. An additional US$720 million are required, of which US$ 257 were pledged, leaving a shortfall of US$463 million.

Also, 118 UNRWA installations were damaged, including 83 schools and 10 health centres. UNRWA has since repaired and rebuilt all of its damaged installations.

More information is available here and 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)

 

 

2014 Gaza conflict and UNRWA shelter response. © 2016 UNRWA

 

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