We are hoping, we are praying, to put an end to this violence, because we’ve had enough. One day is equal to 10 years of fear and worry. For me, there is no coping mechanism. This war kills children. We are praying that this truce will be a truce, because we cannot bear it anymore.
Isdud Al Najjar, Mercy Corps Gaza Program Manager. The 36-year-old mother of three has spent the last week hunkered down in her Gaza City home. Read the full interview.
My family tries to be strong, but I can see the fear through their eyes. I have one little brother who is seven years old. He used to be a very active boy, but now he prefers to stay beside my mom and all his drawings are about the violence and about children being hurt. He has lost his appetite for food and play. We try to help him not be afraid, we always read him stories and play with him so he can forget what is going on outside.

Maissa Abdul-halim Abu Samra, a member of our youth leadership program in Gaza. As the hostilities between Israel and Gaza bring increased airstrikes and escalating violence, members of our youth leadership program in Gaza are sharing how the conflict is affecting their lives.

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As the hostilities between Israel and Gaza bring increased airstrikes and escalating violence, members of our youth leadership program in Gaza are writing about how the conflict is affecting their lives.
Gaza is one of seven places around the world where we’re working to build an international network of young leaders who think globally and act locally. They’re learning about social issues, global needs and alternative dispute resolution, exchanging ideas across borders and inspiring their peers to take action on critical humanitarian issues.
Read their stories.

As the hostilities between Israel and Gaza bring increased airstrikes and escalating violence, members of our youth leadership program in Gaza are writing about how the conflict is affecting their lives.

Gaza is one of seven places around the world where we’re working to build an international network of young leaders who think globally and act locally. They’re learning about social issues, global needs and alternative dispute resolution, exchanging ideas across borders and inspiring their peers to take action on critical humanitarian issues.

Read their stories.

Thousands of innocent people, including women and children, are in danger of being caught in the crossfire in the escalating violence between Israel and Hamas. We are urgently appealing to all sides, as well as to world leaders, to seek a political resolution and avoid the loss of any more human lives. If global leaders do not intervene, Gaza stands on the brink of yet another humanitarian crisis.
Aleksandar Milutinovic, Mercy Corps Country Director, West Bank/Gaza. Read the full statement issued by 38 aid agencies.
We are deeply concerned about the escalating violence between Israel and Gaza. We urge both sides to seek a resolution and avoid any more human suffering. Our staff on the ground are actively monitoring the situation and are prepared to provide immediate relief and assistance should the humanitarian situation call for it.
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Photo: Reuters/Abed Omar Qusini - courtesy the Thomson Reuters Foundation - AlertNet

We are deeply concerned about the escalating violence between Israel and Gaza. We urge both sides to seek a resolution and avoid any more human suffering. Our staff on the ground are actively monitoring the situation and are prepared to provide immediate relief and assistance should the humanitarian situation call for it.

Read more.

Photo: Reuters/Abed Omar Qusini - courtesy the Thomson Reuters Foundation - AlertNet