After the Ceasefire, The Displaced Gazans Need Food Aid

The ceasefire has been officially signed, but it does not mean the humanitarian problems are over in Palestine. Food crisis is one of them. The majority of Gazans are still having difficulty meeting their food needs.

Gazans receive food aid
The displaced Gazans are happy to receive the food aid. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, GAZA – The ceasefire between Israel and Palestine was officially signed on Friday (5/21/2021) early morning, but it does not mean the humanitarian problems are over in Palestine. Food crisis is one of them. The majority of Gazans are still having difficulty meeting their food needs.

Said Mukaffiy from ACT’s Global Humanity Response team explains that currently, the displaced Gazans only rely on assistance to fulfill their food needs. This happens because they did not have time to carry food supplies when they fled from Israeli attacks. The majority of them only had time to bring a few clothes on their backs.

"On average, the displaced Gazans are big families who have many children. The cries of hungry children can be heard in the shelter every day," said Mukaffiy.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Occupied Palestinian territory said in a report cited by Aljazeera, “Hostilities have also resulted in the additional displacement of Palestinians, bringing the cumulative number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) to about 91,000, including 66,000 seeking protection in 58 UNRWA schools across Gaza and more than 25,000 staying with host families,” the organization said.

For this reason, Mukaffiy emphasizes that food is urgently needed for the Palestinians. It takes cooperation from various parties to resolve this food crisis. “ACT itself has built several public kitchens, one of which is in the Tal Al Hawa area, west of Gaza," said Mukaffiy.

The public kitchen was built on Thursday (5/19/2021). A total of 1,200 food packages are distributed to Gazans who took refuge in the Al Bahrain School building in Tal Al Hawa per day. "They are very grateful for this assistance from ACT and the Indonesian people," he said.

The number of displaced Gazans is huge. Hence, ACT needs the best help from generous friends to distribute food aid massively and to reach more Gazans. "The more aid that comes, the more Gazan residents will be spared from severe hunger," said Mukaffiy. []