More than 50 years of occupation and 13 years of blockade have made the lives of over 2 million Palestinians living inside the Gaza Strip extremely difficult. This has led to Gaza being referred to as the world’s largest open-air prison.
Life under a blockade and occupation was drastically affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic, which placed extensive limits access to educational, economic and other opportunities, medical care, clean water and electricity. Entire industries have collapsed within the Gaza Strip and farming areas along the perimeter of the strip have been ruined by the siege and four recent conflicts in 2009, 2012, 2014/5 and 2018.
As of 2021, 80% of Gaza’s population depend on humanitarian aid to survive, 68% of the population can’t be sure where their next meal is coming from and 53% of the population live below the poverty line.
The prolonged siege has played a major impact on the daily lives of the people of Gaza, many of which are struggling with mental health and trauma, majority are trying to survive after the loss of breadwinners and the people have to try to envision a future regardless of the lack of opportunities and facilities. Long after conflicts have ended, the people of Gaza still reel with the effects. Islamic Relief is providing assistance to vulnerable communities in Gaza since 1994. The need for assistance is greater than ever due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, together we need to rebuild Gaza and help the people survive through yet another crisis.
Islamic Relief has been working in Gaza since 1994 providing vital support to vulnerable communities by providing food, shelter, assisting during emergencies and addressing urgent health needs. Our long-standing presence in the region allows us the opportunity to work closely with the community and address urgent needs by providing vital aid and assistance.