Child Sponsor Gaza
The Gaza strip has long been a flash point in
the middle-east. Recognised as a territory in 1948 following the
creation of the Israeli state, it is home to one and a half
million Palestinians (with 400,000 living in Gaza City itself) in
an area measuring just six miles wide and twenty five miles long;
one of the most densely populated areas of the world.
Poverty is rife with 70% of all children in Gaza living below
the poverty line forcing many of them to leave school in order
to work to help their families leaving only around one in five
children passing the required school exams.
80 per cent of
children in Gaza rely on food hand-outs and 14 per cent of
children there suffer from stunted growth due to malnutrition
not least because the air and sea blockage of the territory
prevents vital supplies getting through, a situation the UN considers to be a
denial of basic human rights and a contravention of
These children live in daily fear of attack and play in bombed
out streets, with no secure water and that which is available is
no longer fit for human consumption, no proper sanitation and no
real hope for the future.
One eight year old boy from Gaza put the child situation there
succinctly "Let the world come and see our situation. Our
children who are thrown in the school classrooms sitting on the
floor, they have no shelter, no food, no water, no electricity.
Is this life? This is siege, this is the biggest siege, the
greatest siege by Israel. I am telling the world to watch us and
see how we are living.
"We never play, we never
laugh or learn, and we never watch kids programs. I turn on the
TV and all I see is martyrs' funerals, shooting and death, war
and tanks and incursion, I don't find any children programs to
enjoy and learn from. I don't find any cartoons I can watch and
have fun, its all funerals, lifting martyrs and shooting. here
we don't have any food, any water, anything. We are sitting here
like beggars. Let the world see other nations, how they are
enjoying their lives and laughing. We have suffered a blockade
for almost two years now. We don't eat nor drink, nothing...
they never make us anything. They don't even open the crossings
so food can enter or anything ..."