Palestinians in Gaza are suffering. Nearly 12,000 families remain internally displaced since the war in 2014, many of whom are still living in tents. Eighty percent of the 1.9 million people are living on humanitarian aid, without which they could not meet their basic needs. Suicide rates are at an all-time high, and divorce, once only affecting 2 percent of marriages has skyrocketed to 40 percent, reflecting the increasing stress on Palestinian families.
In April, Gaza’s sole electricity plant ceased to operate and the ripple effects are still being felt. This on top of a fuel crisis that has led to blackouts lasting up to 21 hours imposed due to lack of payment.
According to the World Health Organization, without fuel to run generators, surgical and obstetric operating rooms, neonatal intensive care units and hospital emergency departments will be incapacitated.
Every aspect of life is affected by this fuel catastrophe including sanitation, clean drinking water, and general hygiene. We must not forget that the cruel siege is now entering its 11th year, leaving Gaza in a state of paralysis.
The political division between the governing parties in the West Bank and Gaza creates an environment that neglects the very people both parties profess to represent. Gazans are preoccupied with securing their next meal, finding work, and for those fortunate enough to have electricity, wondering how long it will last.
Beyond Ramadan, our work continues but only with your continued support. “We are worried that the people of Gaza will soon reach the limit of what they can tolerate,” said Dr. Laila Al-Marayati. “They have amazing faith and resilience but there is only so much that families can take.” With our focus on basic needs and economic sustainability, we pray that they will maintain the hope needed to survive and thrive. Please make an online donation today to help a people who only want to help themselves.