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  • Nada (left) and her brothers and sisters are typical of many children in Gaza, growing up in the shadow of conflict

    A day in the life of a child in Gaza right now

    Posted in Blog 4 years 3 months ago

    Children growing up in Gaza have witnessed more conflict than many of us will see in a lifetime. Eleven-year-old Nada has already lived through three wars in her short life, and faces the realities of the nine-year Israeli blockade every day. It affects her education, the food she has to eat, and her hopes for the future. Here she tells us about a typical day and how ActionAid is helping her cope with some of the trauma she's been through. Read more

  • Ghalia was made homeless in the 2014 war. She sits with her family in Al Shouka, Gaza.

    Why the Gaza blockade must be lifted

    Posted in Blog 5 years 5 months ago

    Exactly one year ago today, Israel and Hamas agreed to a ceasefire, ending the latest war in Gaza. The war claimed the lives of 2,251 Palestinians, 1,462 of whom were civilians and 551 were children. Six Israeli civilians and and 67 Israeli soldiers were also killed. More than 19,000 homes were destroyed or severely damaged. One year on, not a single one has been fully rebuilt, because only 5% of the construction materials sent to Gaza have been allowed through the blockade, meaning thousands have been left to live in makeshift tents or temporary accommodation. We're launching a global petition with Avaaz and over 30 aid organisations to call on world leaders to end the blockade, to bring hope to the 1.8 million people in Gaza and especially the 100,000 people who remain homeless. Ghalia, 59, is just one of those 100,000 people. We share her experience of hardship over the last year.​ Read more

  • Children walk to school past destroyed houses, six months after the conflict in Gaza

    Gaza blockade leaves Palestinians trapped in uncertainty

    Posted in Blog 5 years 9 months ago

    Six months have passed since the international community promised aid and radical change for Gaza after the third and most destructive military operation in the last six years. Gaza’s 1.8 million children, women and men still remain cut off from the West Bank and East Jerusalem, as well as the rest of the world, by Israel’s land, air and sea blockade. Read more

  • Children take water canisters to their shelters by cart in the city of Beit Hanoun, in northeast Gaza

    Gaza six months after the ceasefire

    Posted in Blog 5 years 11 months ago

    It’s exactly six months since Israel's shelling of Gaza ended. Thanks to donations to ActionAid through the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal we're still helping women and children like Ghada and Mahmood to recover from the trauma and rebuild their lives. Read more

  • Hajer Ahmed Saleh stands outside what remains of her bombed house in Gaza

    Winter hits hard in Gaza six months after the conflict

    Posted in Blog 6 years 2 weeks ago

    It is six months since the conflict in Gaza but as winter hits hard, thousands of people are still in desperate need of basic items to survive the cold weather. Read more