Alhawy Family Endures Winter in Decrepit House

"We are worried about the upcoming winter because we don't have enough clothes, mattresses and blankets," said Faten Alhawy, a mother of eight in Gaza.

Faten Alhawy showing her house whose walls are full of holes. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, DEIR AL BALAH - The building where Mohammed Alhawy's family lives is too shabby to be called a residential house. The walls are full of holes, and the floor is sandy soil. But it is in that house where Mohammed and Faten Alhawy raise their eight children.

"We are worried about the upcoming winter, because we don't have enough clothes, mattresses and blankets," said Faten to the Aksi Cepat Tanggap partner who visited her at the end of October 2020.

The Alhawy family is among thousands of underprivileged people in Gaza. They live in a dilapidated house, the only thing that can shelter them amid the freezing winter. However, without proper food and warm clothing, poor families in Gaza can barely endure.

Poverty has become a shackle that impedes the life of the Gazans. continues to surround the people of Gaza. Mohammed can’t work because he suffers from a neurological illness. Even if he were able to work, there are no jobs available for him.

"This is the only mattress we have," said Faten as she continued to show the conditions of her house. The mattress was placed in the gap between a shelf and a wall.

There is a blue drum near the bed which they use to collect water that they obtain from charity. Outside their house are piles of scraps and the stove that they use for cooking. Even their bathroom that consists of metal sheets are full of holes.

“We have nothing, not even food. We don't know how to provide school uniforms to our children. The new academic year is about to begin. We can’t even afford snacks for them. Is this a proper living that we provide them?” she said sadly.

She appealed for help from aid agencies. "We appeal to all kindhearted people to help us and these children," pleaded Faten.

The case of unemployment in Gaza is one of the reasons for the poverty that affects thousands of families in Gaza. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, the unemployment rate in Gaza increased by 3.6 percent in the second quarter of 2020 to 49.1 percent. Some 42,900 people in Gaza have lost their source of income since the end of March 2020. []