Death, disease, hunger and ongoing bombardment have created a perfect storm of human tragedy and infrastructural collapse in Palestine. And to make things worse winter has now taken a grip with freezing temperatures and flooding adding to the misery, not just in Palestine but around the world. At Human Appeal we are aware that winter is causing real difficulties and threatens thousands of vulnerable lives. That's why we have set up a Winter Barakah Kit.
As the fragile ceasefire fails in Gaza the United Nations are becoming concerned that more people might now die from the cold and disease than the bombardment. The UN have discussed what could be an 'epic humanitarian catastrophe' and how it is essential 'that the world does not look away'. At Human Appeal we certainly won't be looking away. This week has seen the delivery of two aid initiatives that directly help to address these UN concerns.
With the resumption of the violence, bombardment and destruction there is seemingly no end to the death and misery being heaped upon the Palestinian people. And with half the deaths so far being children, they are bearing the brunt of this conflict. We are now entering winter and a desperate situation is getting even worse.
A temporary ceasefire is set to begin tomorrow at 10 am local time (8 am GMT). This marks a vital opportunity, allowing hundreds of trucks carrying humanitarian aid, food, water, fuel, and medical supplies to enter Gaza with your help.
Sherine, a member of Human Appeal's Gaza team, tells us about the difficulties of everyday life in the conflict zone. On this blessed day, as communication remains disrupted in Gaza, our brothers and sisters, including Sister Sherine, rely on your prayers and support more than ever.