"It is getting worse, now there is Covid-19. It’s one of the most difficult situations we ever faced in Gaza," pleaded a family residing in Gaza.
The humanitarian conditions in Gaza – where poverty and food insecurity affect 53 percent and 68.5 of the population respectively – are alarming, and follow the collapse of all productive sectors, basic social services and infrastructures. Gaza’s socioeconomic fabric is faltering due to the cumulative impact of 12 years of sea, land and air blockade. Movement restrictions associated with COVID-19 have further increased vulnerabilities.
On top of existing challenges faced by its occupants, such as lack of water, electricity, and health services, they are now at risk of a full-blown COVID-19 outbreak. Over 60% of families are living below the poverty line as a result of the continuing blockade and lack of employment opportunities that exacerbates the problem and one million depending on humanitarian aid.
A full lockdown has been imposed further restricting the movements of those in the territory. A collapsing global economy is severely affecting the prices of food supply and other basic needs. As unemployment is also on the rise, now 60% of families are living below the poverty line.
Gaza is also enduring an ongoing water crisis, with 97 per cent of the water unfit for human consumption. Some 2.1 million people, the entire population of Gaza, are at risk of waterborne diseases, such as kidney failure, dehydration, and fatal diarrhea disease. The single biggest killer of children in Gaza is drinking contaminated water. We’re helping to empower communities in Gaza by providing clean water.
“...And whoever saves one (life) - it is as if he had saved mankind entirely.” Quran [5:32]