In Gaza less than four percent of fresh water is drinkable and the surrounding sea is polluted by sewage. Yet the international community is failing to do enough to protect the health and dignity of almost 2 million people who have nowhere else to go. Read the story.
Two and a half years after the devastating destruction in Gaza, this paper analyses the effectiveness of the Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism (GRM) in improving access to water, health and sanitation services and identifies urgent steps that should be taken.
Two years on, the holy month of Ramadan still brings back memories of war for people living in Gaza. Mnwar, a mother of six, still remembers the terror she and her family lived through during the 2014 war, which began in the last weeks of Ramadan and lasted for almost two months.
As the blockade enters its tenth year, the lack of fuel and rolling electricity shortages mean daily life grinds to a halt all too often and most Palestinians in Gaza are sinking into extreme poverty. Unless the blockade is urgently lifted, the UN predicts that Gaza will become unlivable by 2020.
Business used to flourish in Gaza but now the blockade keeps people poor and denies them basic human rights. We are calling for the blockade to be lifted to ensure everyone in Gaza has the opportunity to live in freedom, peace and dignity.
As the blockade imposed by Israel approaches its 9th anniversary, it continues to devastate the lives and livelihoods of 1.8 million Palestinians living in Gaza. This collective punishment keeps people poor, denies them their rights and fails to make Israel safer, Oxfam said today.
Gaza is entering its 10th year of blockade. The blockade, imposed by Israel, heavily restricts the movement of goods and people in and out of Gaza. It has crippled the economy and the lives of the 1.8 million Palestinians.
Oxfam calls upon European governments to live up to their commitments and to start protesting and requesting compensation for the destruction by Israeli authorities of Palestinian homes and the confiscation of humanitarian aid in the West Bank.
Rich countries have paid out less than half the amount they originally pledged to help countries recover from a snapshot of three major humanitarian crises, according to Oxfam.
After eight years of the blockade, Gaza's unemployment rate is the highest in the world. We are working with partners to help people to recover their livelihoods after the conflict, during which many small businesses were destroyed.