Young boy from Beit Hanoun, Gaza returns home to find his house in ruins.
The escalation in the conflict between Israel and Hamas has caused the humanitarian situation in Gaza to reach crisis point. Hundreds of thousands of people have fled their homes and are in desperate need of food, water and shelter.
All 1.8 million people living in Gaza are without adequate access to medical care because the health system is on the brink of collapse. Safe water is limited, with 1.4 million Gazans with no or very limited access to water sanitation. 65,000 people have seen their homes damaged or destroyed and 24 hospitals and clinics have also been damaged.
DEC members, made up of some of the UK’s leading aid agencies, are supplying clean water, food and household items, emergency shelter and medical supplies. They are also helping children and other vulnerable people to cope with the psychological effects of the conflict.
But they urgently need your help because the humanitarian need is so great. That is why we have launched the DEC Gaza Crisis Appeal.
Just £25 can buy 150 bandages for the injured. £50 can feed five families for a day and £100 can provide an emergency shelter kit and blankets for one family.
Already, Oxfam is providing safe water to up to 175,000 people a day and British Red Cross have supported emergency medical services to almost 4,000 people. Save the Children are distributing hygiene and baby care kits and Islamic Relief has helped more than 125,000 people by providing water and sanitation, food and child welfare. Age International is distributing cash to help the elderly afford food and medicine. But so much more is needed if they are to fill the massive gap in humanitarian support.
“Our member agencies urgently need money to deliver vital aid to the people of Gaza,” said the DEC’s Chief Executuve Saleh Saeed. “We’re relying on the generosity of the British people to help them continue this life-saving work.”