Winter in Gaza
The situation in Gaza is unbearable, with recurring conflict, occupation, and a 16-year air, sea, and land blockade causing deep poverty and suffering. The harsh winter season exacerbates every difficulty, particularly for displaced people or those living in inadequate housing. The Gaza Strip has been under Israeli blockade for many years, combined with political instability, economic sanctions, and limited access to resources, resulting in poor infrastructure and a lack of fundamental rights such as adequate shelter, electricity, clean water, food, and healthcare, making the winter months even more challenging.
Who is Yasser Al Shami, and what is his living condition?
Yasser Al Shami, the beneficiary, is a 48-year-old father who lives with his wife and five children in Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, Palestine. Yasser is unemployed due to a chronic heart condition and has no means of income, solely relying on social services and humanitarian organizations for support. His family faces ongoing challenges to meet their daily needs, which is a constant challenge while living in a dilapidated house not conducive for any person or family to live in. “It was hard to live in my house. It had no windows or doors, and we were afraid to move around in the house due to the ceiling falling on us. The house was full of cracks, forcing us to suffer from the extreme cold weather in winter. When it rained, the house would flood. During this time, I would spend the night moving between my children, traumatically trying to keep them warm”. The aftermath of living in this circumstance caused his children to suffer severe health conditions with a low immune system and no healthcare to support their needs. The winter months bring harsh challenges to Yasser and his family, with no way for them to cope with these challenges. He mentions that he is tired of seeing his children suffer like this and feels sad about their circumstances.