Khulud Jarboueh and her children, who fled their home in the northern Gaza Strip due to Israeli bombardment, find themselves in dire circumstances, facing the harsh cold without proper clothing. Initially leaving with only shorts and T-shirts during the late summer heat, they now search through second-hand clothes stalls provided by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees. Having moved south following Israel’s warning for safety, they currently sleep on the floor of a UNRWA school, as reported by Eyewitness News.
The situation is exacerbated by the ongoing conflict that began on October 7, with relentless Israeli bombardment and subsequent retaliatory attacks by Hamas militants. The Hamas government reports a significant death toll and a high number of hostages. Displaced families like Jarboueh’s are grappling with the challenges of winter without adequate clothing or resources.
Even before the conflict, life in Gaza was challenging, with a blockade since 2007 severely impacting the economy. Unemployment was high, and the majority relied on international aid for essential services. Now, with a large portion of homes destroyed or damaged, the poverty situation is worsening. The UN estimates that all 2.4 million people in Gaza are experiencing hunger, and the war has displaced 1.65 million.
Jarboueh, expressing the urgency of the situation, notes that it’s the first time she has had to buy second-hand clothes due to financial constraints. The lack of resources, including water for basic needs, adds to the difficulties faced by families. Farmers like Walid Sbeh, forced from their land, express the profound challenges of providing for their families in these circumstances.
Amidst the struggles, shopkeepers like Adel Harzallah find their stock depleted, and essential supplies, including winter wear, are stuck due to the conflict. Customers, already burdened with financial constraints, find it difficult to afford basic necessities like jackets.
The narrative captures the dire conditions displaced Gazans face, emphasising the immediate need for assistance, particularly in warm clothing and essential supplies. The impact of the conflict on daily life, the economy, and the well-being of individuals and families is evident in the poignant stories shared by those affected.
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