Families are beginning the slow, painful process of rebuilding after weeks of violence in Gaza. We’re helping by distributing supplies to help families rebuild before cold winter weather arrives.
Since the ground invasion into northern and southeastern Gaza began on July 17, more than 100,000 people have fled increasing attacks, and civilian casualties are mounting. Our team is now on the ground and distributing emergency supplies to thousands of displaced families in Gaza.
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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.
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.