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Gaza Emergency - MAY 2024


Our hearts ache for the people of Rafah, Palestine, who are enduring unimaginable hardship amid the escalating conflict in Gaza. The recent airstrikes by Israeli forces have caused immense pain and loss. Innocent civilians, including young children, have tragically lost their lives.

The situation in Rafah grew increasingly desperate on Monday. Around 100,000 residents in eastern Rafah were ordered to evacuate, forcing thousands to flee their homes for safety. Throughout the day, targeted airstrikes intensified, striking deep into densely populated areas where roughly 1.4 million people desperately seek refuge.

One such strike late Monday evening obliterated a family home, taking the lives of five individuals, including a woman and a young girl. This heartbreaking loss is just one of many. The day's violence claimed the lives of at least 22 people, including children and infants.

The escalating military presence near the Rafah crossing with Egypt, a vital lifeline for humanitarian aid and civilian movement, poses a severe threat to aid delivery and further endangers civilians​.

We remain unwavering in our commitment to supporting and advocating for the innocent civilians caught in this tragic conflict. The violence must stop. The lives of those in such difficult situations must be protected.


Over 2.3 million Palestinians trapped in Gaza and thousands in the West Bank are continuing to face immense hardship, death and horrible injuries, as they face a relentless bombardment and ground invasion. Innocent civilians and children have been targeted incluing in hospitals, places of worship and where they are seeking refuge. There is no place left for our Palestinian brothers and sisters to seek safety.

As the situation in Gaza becomes increasingly dire, we face a heartrending reality. Despite our unwavering efforts and your generous support, the delivery of aid to over 2 million displaced individuals in Gaza, especially in the northern regions, is facing unprecedented challenges due to ongoing conflict and severe restrictions.

  • Affected: 2.3M People

  • Killed: Over 31,000

  • Injured: Over 70,000
     

Amplify their voices

Advocate For Gaza: Amplifying Their Voices

Our recent efforts have significantly raised awareness and prompted urgent calls for action, reaching the highest levels of governance and touching hearts worldwide. Despite the UN Security Council's adoption of Resolution 2728 for an immediate ceasefire and humanitarian assistance, the response from Israeli leadership and the escalation of violence highlight the challenges in realising these objectives. Our role in this pivotal moment cannot be understated as we mobilise for peace and the unimpeded delivery of aid.

Now, more than ever, your support transcends traditional aid, catalysing systemic change. We've seen the power of collective action in delivering aid; we'd like to ask you to drive our advocacy forward.

A Renewed Call to Action for Our Donors:
 

  • Advocate for Collective Action: Engage with other aid organisations to amplify our call for a ceasefire and unrestricted aid access.
     

  • Funding Initiatives: Your contributions are crucial in supporting our advocacy efforts and ensuring our message reaches a global audience.
     

  • Amplify Our Message:  Please share our updates and calls to action within your networks to strengthen our cause.
     

  • Engage Politically: Please express your concern to local and national representatives and advocate for their support in international ceasefire efforts.

     

LATEST GAZA DISTRIBUTION UPDATES:

 
  • 5th May 2024: We've just sent 4 aid trucks from Egypt to Gaza containing 6,912 food packs.
     

  • 15th April 2024: Our trucks have arrived in Gaza, and our team on the ground have taken possession, and started unloading the items into the warehouse in preparation for the distribution.
     

  • 2nd April 2024: Our team in Egypt is currently preparing our next convoy which contains 3,456 Food Packs and 3,000 Hygiene Packs.
     

  • 26th March 2024: Our team are distributing the food packs, hygiene supplies, and baby items, specifically targeting Orphans and their families in the initial stages.
     

  • 25th March 2024: Six trucks have crossed the border, alhamdulillah, and our warehouse is stocked with goods ready to distribute. Distribution will commence in a day or two!
     

  • 17th March 2024: We've packed and sent six trucks filled with essential supplies - including food, medicine, hygiene, and baby essentials.
     

  • In early January 2024, Team MAA dispatched a massive convoy of ten trucks to Gaza, full of winter essentials, family food packs, and hygiene kits. Currently, these trucks are on their way to those most in need in Gaza, and we expect the goods to be distributed in sha Allah within the next week or two. Watch our latest Gaza Aid Convoy video below.
     

 
  • In November 2023, our CEO Ayman Eldemallawy and Sheikh Abdel Moez were in Cairo, Egypt - supervising the procurement and packing of essential aid including food packs and medicines. Several truckloads of these goods entered Gaza and the aid was distributed to those most in need, in coordination with the Palestine Red Crescent and Ministry of Health, Gaza.
     


How is aid being delivered?

With the humanitarian crisis in Gaza intensifying, many have raised concerns and questions about how international aid organisations like MAA, are able to help those in need in the worst affected areas. 

1) Just days before the onset of the current crisis, MAA had purchased and stocked essential food packs, hygiene packs, and water. This proactive approach has enabled us to distribute these items to those affected by the conflict.


2) Once the attacks started, our primary source of aid shifted to local suppliers within Gaza and despite great challenges on the ground, we have been able to continue our work at every opportunity possible. Hot meals have been prepared and distributed to over 11,000 people so far, and hundreds of hygiene kits and warm blankets have been distributed. 

3) The situation on the ground is constantly evolving, so with urgent supplies on the brink of depletion, essentials, especially disposable medical items, are becoming increasingly scarce. We therefore made plans to procure goods from across the border from Egypt.

4) Since November 2023, MAA has sent over 31 trucks full of essential aid from Egypt to Gaza, and the plan moving forward is to continue doing so at every possible opportunity. We are constantly monitoring the situation and coordinating with local agencies to respond to the needs of the people of Gaza as soon as possible. 

 

For all Emergency Aid projects, and in particular for Gaza, we take a unique Triple R approach:
 

  • Relief: In the critical days following a disaster, MAA’s priority is to offer immediate emergency assistance.
     

  • Recovery: As the immediate crisis subsides, our efforts transition to rehabilitating lives disrupted by the event.
     

  • Rebuild: With a long-term vision, MAA invests in rebuilding a future for communities impacted by calamities.


We totally understand the gravity of the situation and the trust our donors have placed on us. Our track record speaks to our commitment and dedication, and we assure you that every effort is being made to alleviate the suffering of the people in Gaza.

 

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Gaza, Palestine Overview 2024

Gaza, Palestine, has been a focal point of humanitarian strife for years. Home to over two million people within its 362 square kilometers, its dense population grapples daily with challenges intensified by geographic isolation, scarce resources, and an unstable economy.
 

Challenges

 

  • Food Insecurity: Alarmingly, over 70% of Gaza's households face food insecurity, a situation exacerbated by the region's ongoing conflicts.
     

  • Water Crisis: A staggering 90% of Gaza's water is unsuitable for consumption, posing severe health risks to its inhabitants.
     

  • Economic Strain: With limited resources and access, unemployment soars, opportunities dwindle, and the region becomes increasingly reliant on international aid.
     

  • Health & Education: Limited access to essential services like healthcare and education hampers the growth and well-being of Gaza's residents.


Two million Palestinians are facing violence, displacement, and restricted access to basic necessities and rights. Their access to essential services, freedom of movement, and many human rights are denied or limited, leading to inadequate medical care and hindered opportunities for work and education.

Emergency Gaza 2023 Distribution

 

MAA's Relief Efforts


For over two decades, MAA has been providing support in Palestine, particularly in Gaza, offering both emergency relief and long-term rehabilitation. Our mission is unwavering: to alleviate the suffering of our Palestinian brothers and sisters, and help them rebuild their lives. Your generous donation can be the catalyst for change, bringing home, clean water, food and a brighter future. 

Help those affected by the conflict in Palestine.

MAA’s recently
launched Gifts of Mercy program allows you to donate toward providing emergency aid for families in Gaza on behalf of your loved ones! Through Gifts of Mercy, you can also directly send them a personalised gift card.


Related Posts:  Part One - Kids & Palestine - How to educate your children about PalestinePart Two - Kids & Palestine - History of PalestinePart Three - Kids & Palestine - How to help those in PalestineGaza: Cry for HelpTriple R Approach, MAA Launches Advocacy Initiative.

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