Get fast facts about the desperate situation facing children and their families in Gaza.
Caught in the conflict between Israel and Hamas are the families of Gaza. Here is a quick summary of the challenges faced by many Gazan children and their families.
Minute 1: Gaza’s History
- The Gaza Strip is a sliver of towns, villages and farmland at the southeast end of the Mediterranean. It’s located between Israel to the north and east, and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula to the south.
- Gaza city, the region’s capital, has been continuously inhabited for more than 3,000 years and was a crossroads of ancient civilizations.
- The Israeli military occupied Gaza from 1967-2005.
- Today, more than 40 per cent of Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza are refugees, many of whom live in crowded camps.
- An 18-month blockade by Israel has driven most families in Gaza into dire poverty. Closed borders and restricted movement has hampered aid from reaching those in need.
Minute 2: Socio-economic Conditions
- 49.1 per cent of Gazans are unemployed.
- More than 50 per cent of families in Gaza live below the poverty line.
- Most Gazans live on less than $2 a day
Minute 3: Food and Water
- Socio-economic conditions in Gaza, which is subject to severe restrictions, have deteriorated sharply, causing nearly 80 per cent of Gaza’s residents to rely on food aid.
- 46 per cent of all Palestinians are either food insecure or in danger of becoming so.
- In Beit Lahya, North Gaza, most households have access to water, but the quality is so poor that 95 per cent have to buy drinking water.
Minute 4: Gaza’s Children
- More than half of Gaza’s 1.5 million residents are children.
- 50,000 children in Gaza are malnourished. About half of children under two are anemic and 70 per cent have vitamin A deficiency. Current malnutrition rates rival levels seen in drought-stricken regions of Africa
- Nearly half of all students in the Palestinian territories have seen their school besieged by troops, and more than 10 per cent have witnessed the killing of a teacher in school.
Minute 5: World Vision’s Work in Gaza
- There are two World Vision communities in Gaza.
- World Vision supports 23,893 children in the West Bank and Gaza, including 6,000 children sponsored by Canadians.
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