Posted 1 day ago

It’s hard to believe, but children as young as six years old are living through the THIRD war of their short lives so far in Gaza, with no escape possible.

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Posted 1 day ago

Seeing Gaza’s destruction

This weekend a brief 12 hour cessation of hostilities was announced in Gaza. Oxfam teams were able to deliver more vital water and aid to people who have fled their homes and lost everything in the violence of the past few weeks. Soon afterwards, the violence resumed. A permanent ceasefire, and an end to the blockade of Gaza, is urgently needed before countless more lives are lost.

Oxfam’s Arwa Mhanna travelled around Gaza City in the brief window of calm…

I went to see my family for the first time since the start of this crisis. They live just five minutes drive away, but it has been too dangerous to visit. My mother was so happy to see me. My niece (6) and nephew (9) jumped for joy. But when I asked them about the past few weeks they fell silent and just stared.

So many children have been killed, injured or fled their homes these past weeks. Tens of thousands of children in Gaza will need psychological care for many years to deal with the horrors they have witnessed. I fear whole generations will be scarred for life.

And not only the children. I saw one of my Oxfam colleagues… it’s only three weeks since I saw her last, but I hardly recognized her pale and exhausted face. She was still in shock as she told me how she fled the Israeli bombing around her home, running through streets of dead bodies and homes turned to rubble.

More than 240,000 people across Gaza have fled and sought refuge in schools, mosques, churches and hospitals. I went to Al Shifa hospital, where Oxfam and our local partners are delivering safe water to families sheltering there. They are in desperate conditions and have almost nothing - little food, water or shelter. But they have no other option. It’s the safest place they could find, even though many hospitals and health clinics have also been bombed and shelled. I spoke with one of the doctors, who was completely exhausted after days treating dozens of injured civilians. His eyes were full of tears as he told me of the casualties and the conditions people are living in, and how he wished he could help them more. I had no words to express how I felt.

Outside, the streets that have been empty for the past few weeks were full of people rushing around. Gaza’s streets are always busy at this time of year as people prepare for the Eid Festival at the end of Ramadan, buying new clothes and chocolates and toys for their children. This time it was different. People took advantage of the brief calm to visit family and buy supplies before the bombs start to fall again. People searched for the dead and checked on their homes. In one area, dozens of dead bodies were pulled from beneath the rubble of destroyed buildings - they have been there for days as medical teams have been unable to access the area. I received heartbreaking news that an old colleague was killed when his ambulance was hit by an airstrike.

The death toll has now passed 1,000, with thousands more injured - the vast majority of them civilians. The numbers are huge, but they are more than statistics - these are real people who had families and friends, jobs and dreams. Everyone in Gaza is affected.

There is such pain in my heart to see so many people going through so much suffering, with no chance to escape. But I still hope that this will end soon. The ceasefire lasted only 12 hours, and as I write the violence has returned. On Monday, Al Shifa hospital - where I met so many brave people - was hit, with many casualties being reported. I don’t know if the people I met are alive or dead.

The killing must stop for good.  I hope the world is listening to the mothers, fathers and children of Gaza and will help bring peace before more of them are killed. 

Posted 1 day ago

In Gaza, more than 215,000 people have been forced to flee their homes and have nowhere safe to shelter from the terrible violence. With bombing taking place all across Gaza, and the borders closed, there is simply nowhere for innocent civilians to go. This must end.

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Posted 2 days ago
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We wanted you to be the first to share our good news. After all, it’s your support that has helped change the lives of so many people. It’s amazing what a difference a year can make.

Take a look on the Oxfam website at our Annual Review to see even more success stories like this, and share our good news far and wide. 

Posted 3 days ago

Vital water supplies to more than a million people in Gaza have been disrupted by ongoing airstrikes. Many thousands have no clean drinking water or even the most basic sanitation - both are essential to life.

We’re there with local teams on the ground and we’re providing water and sanitation right now. But there’s so much more we need to do and so many more people we need to help.

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