Gaza Emergency

Gaza Emergency

SPECIAL FEATURE: 26 August, the first anniversary of the ceasefire after 50 days of conflict
18 August – 25 August | issue 107 SPECIAL FEATURE: 26 August, the first anniversary of the ceasefire after 50 days of conflict I have seen too much war and suffering in my life. The last conflict was the worst of them all. I hope one day I will have a home again. Mohia El Goula, January 2015 26 August marks one year since an open ended ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was declared, following 50 days of conflict. Over the past twelve months, the situation has continued to take its toll on Palestine refugees in Gaza. The civilian population bore the brunt of the hostilities with unprecedented...
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Over 50 days of hostilities, the summer 2014 conflict caused unparalleled destruction and human suffering across the Gaza Strip. Voices of displaced mothers, frightened children, frustrated fathers, and brave UNRWA staff members give a sense of Gaza described in the words of its people.
Naima Abu Abed and Fatima Slama during a food processing class in the UNRWA Gaza Training Centre. © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Khalil Adwan.
At the beginning of July, 16 female over-aged students (those who have previously failed two or more years in school) started two-and-a-half month apprenticeships in private businesses across the Gaza Strip; prior to the apprenticeships, the girls had successfully completed a six-month vocational training in food processing at the UNRWA Gaza Training Centre (GTC).
Youth gathered to participate and input ideas through a focus group meeting regarding camp improvement priorities. © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Khalil Adwan
Eleven young men between the ages of 16 and 22 have gathered around a long wooden table in the UNRWA Camp Improvement Project office in Deir El-Balah, central Gaza
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Facts & Figures

The Human Toll

 

2,150 people killed (as of 11 September 2014)

 

Thousands of people injured

 

10,000
displaced people in UNRWA shelters (as of  26 February 2015)

 

 

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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