Becoming a Single Parent, Najah Looks for a Helping Hand

After the death of her husband, Najah has to be a single parent for six of her children. She doesn’t have a job and is struggling to recover from cancer.

Najah with her children
Najah with her children. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, GAZA – Poverty has been prevalent in Gaza. The humanitarian conflict which leads to the crisis in the region has never ended. As a result, the people cannot afford to fulfill their necessities such as food, clean water, and education for children. 

This condition is felt Najah Abu Sharkh, one of Gazan residents who lives in Tel al-Hawa. She is a mother of six young children. Now, Najah has to be a single parent after her husband died due to drowning. The six fatherless children still are in need of support, and now they only have Najah as their parent.

Difficulties seem to surround the life of Najah and her family. Aside from having to pay for the children's lives, Najah is also struggling to recover from cancer with which she has been diagnosed. Despite not having any job, she still has needs to fulfill. In Gaza, there are not many jobs available especially for women.

Now, after her husband passed away, Najah only relies on humanitarian assistance for their food needs, electric and water bills, her children's school supplies, transportation, as well as her cancer treatment.

In Palestine, there are many families who live in poverty as Najah does. Many of their patriarchs died of various causes, including Israeli violence. The prolonged conflict, resulting not only in resource and environmental damages but also grief and poverty.

Through this condition, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) strives to continue supporting underprivileged families in Palestine through Sister Family Palestine-Indonesia. This program allows families in Indonesia to have family-like relationships with Palestinians. Humanitarian assistance will be the bridge for this act of kindness.

“This program not only delivers humanitarian assistance to Palestinians but also strengthens family-like warm embrace by connecting the families in Indonesia who are separated by distance with those in Palestine,” explained Said Mukaffiy from Global Humanity Response-ACT team, Monday (4/12/2021). []