Humanitarian crisis in Gaza

Our partner CRS distributes emergency supplies in Gaza.  Photo by Shareef Sarhan / Catholic Relief Services

Our partner CRS distributes emergency supplies in Gaza.
Photo by Shareef Sarhan / Catholic Relief Services

More than three weeks into the Gaza conflict, the humanitarian crisis appears to be deepening hour by hour.

Mary Lucas, our Country Representative for the Middle East, said: “The crisis is getting worse by the day. Shelling has destroyed homes and devastated water and sanitation systems. Churches, schools and private buildings are full of people who have nowhere else to go. Our partners are on the ground, responding whenever it is safe for them to do so. The solidarity of CAFOD supporters will mean so much to them, and knowing they are not forgotten will give them the courage to continue their efforts.”

CAFOD have committed £50,000 to our partners CRS (Catholic Relief Services) in Gaza so that they can scale up their response to the spiralling humanitarian crisis.

Our partners CRS and Caritas Jerusalem are working around the clock to reach vulnerable families, but the ongoing intensive airstrikes make it extremely difficult and dangerous to deliver aid. Despite the risks, they are on the ground with Gazan communities doing what they can.

CRS have mobilised their teams across Gaza city and Rafah – where homes have been totally destroyed – providing basic household items. Caritas Jerusalem’s medical centre and mobile clinic in Gaza city and Al Shatti refugee camp have been operating for the last few days, but are in urgent need of medical supplies and medicines.

We see that damage and destruction are everywhere in the Gaza Strip. Most of the victims are children, women and old people. Our urgent intervention is needed in this humanitarian crisis.” – Father Raed Abusahlia, Caritas Jerusalem

Can you help?

CAFOD’s partners are on the ground in Gaza right now. They are working around the clock, and at great personal risk, to provide life-saving aid to families injured and homeless because of the conflict.

1) Donate now so that our partners can continue to provide life-saving aid to those who need it most.

2) Now is the time for us to act: to deal with the root causes of the conflict and ask for a lasting ceasefire, without which it will be even harder to get aid through to those who need it most. Please add your voice to those of our sisters and brothers in Gaza.
Email Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond to ask him to act to stop the violence

3) We ask that you continue to pray for a peaceful solution to this conflict, and to keep the people affected by this crisis in your thoughts and prayers.

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