Save the Children warns fresh violence may destroy last vestiges of resilience  

Feelings of depression, hyperactivity, a preference for being alone, and aggression were reported by 95 percent of children in Gaza, new research released by Save the Children has shown.

The combination of these symptoms in unison is consistent with deep psychological distress, with more than 96 percent of their caregivers also saying they recognized all four groups of symptoms in their sons, daughters or grandchildren.

The survey, involving 150 caregivers and 150 children living in Gaza, was conducted before the recent wave of protests in which more than 100 people – including 14 children – were killed in six weeks by Israeli forces.

Findings revealed that children of Gaza were already showing worrying signs of distress including nightmares, which were experienced by 63 percent, as well as difficulties sleeping, reported by 68 percent.



For children, the threat of conflict, the fear of bombs, and the constant insecurity caused by the unstable political situation were the biggest source of stress, with 60 percent of caregivers saying it was taking a toll. Additionally, aircraft sounds were cited as the single biggest source of fear in 78 percent of children.

Boys and girls regularly said that they were “scared” or left feeling “unsafe” by the prospect of war or “bombs being thrown” at them and their families. This led some to fear sleeping at night to “protect them from having bad dreams”.

“I have many horrible nightmares, and a constant feeling of fear that I may be targeted with a bomb or shelled, or injured or killed,” said Samar*, a 15-year-old girl from Gaza who has lived through three wars, remembers nothing but life under blockade and who recently attended the March of Return protests.



“This feeling has gripped me and many other children as well. There are many children who have been psychologically damaged by their fear – they are terrified and this has greatly affected their behavior.” 

Save the Children is deeply concerned that the increasing violence children are experiencing and the growing sense of uncertainty will push their resilience to breaking point.

“When I was at the March and saw people injured I was very upset,” said Samar.“I would cry when I saw innocent children who committed no crime get injured and I cried when I saw dead children. It was heartbreaking and painful. I am still sad – they were just children and I have seen them (injured) – it is a really painful feeling.” 

Despite the huge pressures many children were facing, the research found that most were exhibiting signs of resilience. More than 80 percent said they could speak to family and friends about their problems and 90 percent said they felt supported by their parents.

“Much of children’s security was related to a sense of stability that their families were able to offer, with more than 80 percent of the 150 children interviewed saying they did not feel safe being away from their parents,” said Dr. Marcia Brophy, a Senior Mental Health Advisor for Save the Children in the Middle East.



“However, recent weeks have seen thousands suffer through the injury or death of a father, mother or a relative. Such a loss of family security in an already insecure environment risks pushing children to the brink of a mental health crisis and poses a significant threat to children’s fragile coping mechanisms. This places them athigh risk of toxic stress, the most dangerous form of stress response caused by a strong or prolonged exposure to adversity.” 

Fresh protests are expected to continue until 5thJune, the commemoration of forced displacement that occurred after the 1967 war. More than 1,000 children, and at least 11,000 adults, have already been injured by Israeli forces since the protests began.

“It is too soon to understand the full impact the recent violence has had on children, some of whom have lost a parent or loved one, or had to become carers for those injured in the protests,” said Dr. Brophy. “What we do know is that the break down of family security is one of the key triggers for mental health issues among children in conflict. A whole generation of children in Gaza is balancing on a knife edge where one more shock could have devastating life-long consequences.” 

The last ten years have seen families face a host of difficulties and uncertainties in Gaza. The Israeli blockade, as well as three conflicts, has put enormous strain on the economy and key services.

Almost 90 percent of the 150 caregivers interviewed said that the blockade has had a significant impact on their and their children’s daily lives. Widespread electricity shortages – that have left most families with just a few hours of power every day – were cited as the single biggest negative factor, impacting 60 percent of children.

Children often expressed feeling “angry” when the electricity was cut or said they felt anxious, alone and like “there was no one with them” during the night when the lights were off. Caregivers meanwhile were most concerned by the deteriorating economic situation, with nearly half saying it was their biggest source of stress of fear.

In the last 15 years, the poverty rate has risen from 30 to more than 50 percent while unemployment is up from 35 to 43 percent and now stands at 60 percent among youth. Less than 20 years ago, 96 percent of people had clean drinking water, now 93 percent don’t. Medical and food supplies are also scarce and expensive while permits to leave Gaza for medical treatment are increasingly hard to get.




“Many children in Gaza have known nothing but blockade, war and a growing cycle of deprivation. Their stress and anxiety compounds with every day that they continue to live in uncertainty. And, on top of this, many have been injured or witnessed violence,” said Jennifer Moorehead, Save the Children’s Country Director for the occupied Palestinian territory. 

“They are trying to recover in an extremely challenging situation where there are not enough hospital beds or medicines to treat children properly, where there is no electricity for most of the day and where they are increasingly seeing their parents struggling to make ends meet. 

“The children of Gaza are resilient but they must urgently receive more support to overcome their traumatic experiences. The international community needs to step up its assistance and introduce more mental health and psycho-social support into schools, extra curricular activities and homes.Only by doing this immediate step, as well as focusing on ending the blockade and finding a durable and just solution, will children have a more hopeful future.

Classmates mourn boy shot dead by Israeli troops in Gaza border

Classmates mourn boy shot dead by Israeli troops in Gaza border

KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip

The school friends of Nassir al-Mosabeh sat tearfully in their classroom in Khan Younis on Sunday and mourned their 12-year-old friend who was killed in a protest on the Gaza-Israel border.

Gaza health officials said Israeli soldiers on Friday shot dead seven Palestinians, who were among thousands who thronged to the fortified border as part of weekly protests launched six months ago. Mosabeh was one of those killed.

“I cried for him like I have never cried before. I do not know what the (Israeli) occupation saw in him to kill him? What did he do to them? Did he kill anybody? I do not know what happened,” Mosabeh’s friend, Dia’ Abu Khater said.

Mosabeh’s classmates in the school in the southern Gaza Strip decorated his chair with his picture ringed by red and white flowers and green leaves, the Palestinian colors.

Mosabeh was always at the border to assist medics in the Friday protests, his sister, Eslam, said.

A classmate of 12-year-old Palestinian boy Nassir al-Mosabeh, who was killed during a protest at the Israel-Gaza border fence, reacts in a classroom at a school, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip September 30, 2018. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

 




“Nassir always came with us. Everyone in the field hospital knows him and he always helped us. Nassir was our right hand, he would always bring us equipment whenever we needed something. May God bless his soul,” she said.

Israel said it held Islamist group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, responsible for the violence.

“Hamas continues to orchestrate belligerent activity throughout the Gaza Strip, cynically using Gazan civilians and endangering children by sending them to the security fence as a cover for terror activity,” the Israeli military said in a statement that summarized Friday’s events.

Israel said troops resorted to live fire and an air strike after explosive devices and rocks were thrown at them and to prevent breaches of the border fence. It posted a video clip showing a controlled detonation of many explosive devices.

Gaza health officials said 505 people were wounded on Friday, 89 of them by gunshots.

Two million Palestinians, mainly stateless descendants of people who left what is now Israel 70 years ago, live in the Gaza Strip, which has been controlled by Hamas for more than a decade, during which it has fought three wars against Israel.

Israel and Egypt say the blockade is necessary for security reasons. The World Bank says it has reduced the territory’s economy to a state of collapse, with residents suffering a lack of clean water, electricity and health care.



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At least 191 Palestinians have been killed since the Gaza protests began on March 30. The protesters are demanding the right of return to lands that Palestinian families fled or were driven from on Israel’s founding in 1948, and the easing of an Israeli-Egyptian economic blockade.

Reporting by Abed Shanaa; Writing by Ori Lewis; Editing by Peter Graff

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Poverty promotes child labor in Gaza

Ahmad *, 13, does not go to school every morning like other children of his age. Instead, he will work

“Every day, I’m going to look for scrap and gravel in the rubble of houses destroyed during the past wars,” he says. “Every day, I carry steel and stones, I load them on my donkey and I go to the market to sell them to companies that will make gravel and construction materials. It’s a very difficult job. ”



Ahmad’s father is sick and can not work. The 11 members of his family live under a tin shelter in one of the poor neighborhoods of Gaza City. In summer, the heat becomes unbearable under the metal roof, while in winter, they are not protected from cold or floods.

The family gets help from charitable organizations, but that is not enough to make ends meet.

“My brothers and I are working to earn a few shekels. I never know how much I’m going to leave, it all depends on how much steel and gravel I’m going to find and how much time I can spend working before the donkey and I start to tire. It’s always exhausting that I come home, “says Ahmad.

Ibrahim*, l’un des frères d’Ahmad, âgé de 10 ans, le rejoint pour travailler à la fin de sa journée d’école.

“I dream of being able to move with my family to a big, beautiful house and to wear nice clothes,” says Ibrahim.

Degradation of economic conditions




According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, child labor has increased significantly over the past five years as the economic situation in the Gaza Strip deteriorates. This rise contradicts the trends: in 2013, the International Labor Organization reported that the number of working children had fallen by one-third since 2000. Nearly 40% of Palestinian families in the Gaza Strip live in poverty. poverty threshold and 70% depend on some form of external assistance.

Omar *, 13, is another child forced to work. His father does a good job, but even with the subsidies, the family barely has enough to pay for food and safe drinking water

“Every day after school, I go to the Gaza port to sell cookies and sweets. Sometimes I do not go to school at all. My family is poor, I have to work if we want to eat, “he explains.

Omar is not the first of his siblings to work. His two older brothers dropped out of school to work, and Omar had to start working after school. Gradually, he missed more and more hours and sometimes jumps days to help his family. He says he needs the money to help cover the household expenses, including drugs for his two other brothers and a sister who are all suffering from zinc deficiency.



Omar does not like his job because he does not feel safe.

“I’m always scared when I work at the port. I never felt protected. I am embarrassed at having to sell cookies to people and some people do not treat me well. Sometimes I see children my age playing and laughing with their parents while I sell my cookies. It makes me jealous, “he says.

Life in the Gaza Strip

Life in the Gaza Strip

Life in the Gaza Strip is difficult. The conflict is still there, as well as poverty and there is just enough fuel to provide electricity a few hours a day. Two million people live in this 365 km2 territory, which makes it the most populous place in the world. The borders with their neighbors, Egypt and Israel are both closed and traveling in these countries is extremely controlled. Life over there is often compared to that of an open prison, or worse. In this picture, girls watch the sunset from the port of Gaza City. Living in Gaza is undeniably difficult but being a woman there is so much more.




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AÏD AL ADHA 2018 GAZA

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It is called Eid Al Adha, Qurbani, or Tabaski, this festival is celebrated by millions of Muslims around the world.
This rite, which marks the end of the pilgrimage each year, consists in sacrificing an animal in memory of the prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) who was ready to sacrifice everything, to his beloved son Ismail (peace be upon him) to testify to his obedience. farewell.
In this spiritual journey, the poor are entitled to part of this offering.



ربما تحتوي الصورة على: ‏‏‏٢‏ شخصان‏، و‏‏‏‏أشخاص يقفون‏، و‏سماء‏‏ و‏نشاطات في أماكن مفتوحة‏‏‏‏



ربما تحتوي الصورة على: ‏‏شخص واحد‏، و‏‏يبتسم‏، و‏‏‏‏وقوف‏، و‏نشاطات في أماكن مفتوحة‏‏ و‏طبيعة‏‏‏‏‏



ربما تحتوي الصورة على: ‏‏‏٨‏ أشخاص‏، و‏‏أشخاص يبتسمون‏، و‏‏‏‏أشخاص يقفون‏، و‏‏حشد‏، و‏طفل‏‏‏ و‏نشاطات في أماكن مفتوحة‏‏‏‏‏

ربما تحتوي الصورة على: ‏‏‏١٥‏ شخصًا‏، و‏‏أشخاص يبتسمون‏، و‏‏‏أشخاص يقفون‏ و‏نشاطات في أماكن مفتوحة‏‏‏‏‏

 

Women are the real invisible heroines of Gaza.

Women, real invisible heroines of Gaza

Women and children are particularly vulnerable in times of war and blockade. Since 2007, Israel and Egypt have imposed a land, air and sea blockade of the Gaza Strip. They control all borders and the movement of people and goods authorized to enter and leave the band. On this small piece of land, how do women manage to live their lives in such terrible conditions?




In 2015, more than 8% of Gazan households were headed by women. According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), nearly 800 women have been widowed as a result of the Israeli terror of 2014. Nearly 24,000 girls and 23,000 women are still displaced as a result of the destruction or damage to their homes. their homes during hostilities. They were forced into temporary accommodation in foster homes, rented apartments, prefabricated units, tents and makeshift shelters and, for some, in the rubble of their old homes. These precarious dwellings pose a series of protection problems.

According to the latest figures, more than 70% of households receive running water only 6 to 8 hours every few days, while the entire population suffers from planned power cuts of 12 to 14 hours a day , as Israeli bombs destroyed power plants. This decline in basic services has undermined the ability of most women and girls to engage in income-generating activities or to have time for their own needs. This is also linked to the traditional division of labor in Palestinian society, where women and girls bear primary responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the home, which now takes longer.




Gazan cuisine is similar to the culinary styles adopted by the rest of the Levant countries and is strongly influenced by the Mediterranean coast. Gaza had a large fishing industry, with fish being the staple food for most people in the region. And women and girls are highly skilled in fish-based preparations. One of the popular dishes was a grilled fish stuffed with coriander, garlic, red pepper and cumin and marinated in a mixture of coriander, red pepper, caraway and lemons. This is now history for most people since 2014, the Israeli Navy has attacked fishermen more than 300 times. Over the last two years, the Israeli Navy has killed 9 fishermen and has arrested 422. According to the Oslo Accords the fishing limit from the coast should be 20 nautical miles, but Palestinian fishermen can at most fishing 3 nautical miles from the beach, where the fish are too small and insufficient to feed a family.

نتيجة بحث الصور عن ‪Gazan cuisine‬‏

Education is supposed to create a starting point for paid jobs, but not in a Gaza blockaded and bombed. While both sexes attend schools and universities, years of underfunding have overburdened and amputated the education system in Gaza, with nearly 95% of schools operating in dual rotation, with a morning class and one of afternoon. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has launched a campaign for healthy lifestyles in Gaza schools, aimed at educating educational staff, students , refugee and other communities to promote a healthy school environment.




نتيجة بحث الصور عن ‪L’éducation a gaza‬‏

Most employed women are concentrated in two economic sectors. According to the Palestine Office of UN Women, 76% of Palestinian women in Gaza work in services and only 17.5% in agriculture. The unemployment rate is highest among women: 82.6% of women aged 15-29, 74% of single women, 63.6% of married women, compared to 37.4% of men (OCHA). Many educated mothers are more or less alone because they are active in local politics and looking for jobs, while caring for their children, while their husbands enter and leave Israeli prisons.




نتيجة بحث الصور عن ‪femmes employées a gaza‬‏

Some women are trying to create their own jobs. One such initiative is “6 Fleurs”, which was created in 2014. Instead of giving their work, some women started to make and sell traditional Gazanese embroidery. After a successful exhibition, they sent some of their work to Qatar and had recipes. But when they wanted to send their work to other countries, Israel stopped them – another way for Israel to prevent Palestinians in Gaza from flourishing.

Women are the real invisible heroines of Gaza.

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deaf father a sick sisters and no house story from gaza

deaf father a sick sisters and no house story from gaza

My name is Rania From abou Rami family from Gaza

, we are suffering from hard conditions here , we are 6 sisters, Both  My father & my  sister are deafs, another sister is suffering from a skin illness and a joints break

We are dying  thousands time in a day from this hardship, We all ‘ 6 sisters ) live in one room , when one of us wants to go to the bathroom another should cover her so no one see her



 Rats & cockroachs living and sleeping with us like they are members of the family , we are just …Bodies without souls , we are living deads

I ask  and beg for the good people to help us, to just build a house for us were we can live … because this is not human and not fair at all , we just want to live like others , we only need a house

 

and this building doesn’t protect us neither from the cold in winter nor from the heat in summer , I put my faith in God first then in you to help us.

day after day this misery increases..