Nutritious Food Alleviate Malnutrition Crisis in Gaza

Nutritious Food Alleviate Malnutrition Crisis in Gaza

ACTNews, RAFAH – The UN has reported cases of food insecurity in Palestine in early February. Dr. Zaher al-Banna, head of the Central Council of Parents in UNRWA schools in the Gaza Strip, mentioned that many students in Palestinian schools go to school without having breakfast due to the deteriorating financial situation caused by the Israeli blockage. Consequently, many students are suffering from malnutrition, anemia, headache and fainting.

To alleviate this situation, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT)’s Indonesian Public Kitchen in Gaza has started operating since early February. Five hundred meal packages are distributed to Palestinian students in several schools. On Sunday (2/24), the meal packages were distributed to students in Ghassan Kanafani elementary school in Rafah. The meal packages containing rice, chicken and vegetables were given to the students for their lunch.

“The meal packages were distributed to students in schools throughout the Gaza Strip. The schools that are reached by the distribution are schools whose students come from economically underprivileged families. In February, the food from Indonesian Public Kitchen in Gaza has benefitted 7,000 recipients, most of whom were students,” said Andi Noor Faradiba of Global Humanity Response (GHR) – ACT. She explained that the food distribution is to respond to the malnutrition that afflicts the students in Gaza.

As stated by Ahmad Abu Ayesh Al-Najjar, Director of International Relations Office – Palestinian Ministry of Education, stated that the blockade that has been happening for more than a decade suffocates the people of Gaza. Nothing is allowed to get in nor get out of Gaza.

The current economic collapse also leaves its impact on education, particularly the lives of the students. “Almost in all the families inside the Gaza Strip, their children do not even get the needed amount of food. Almost all of them go to school every day without breakfast, without a single coin, for them to buy from the cafeteria of the school to get any kind of food or drink even between the classes or during the school break,” said Al-Najjar when visiting to ACT Central Office on Friday (2/22).

Not only that children go to school without breakfast nor pocket money, the parents of the students also don’t have enough money to fulfill the needs of their families. “You just imagine, a situation of a child who does not have the needed food to eat, the pocket money to get to school with. You know, the lack of salaries is negatively afflicting on the parents themselves. Again, imagine if a wife asks her husband to get her what she needs to buy things for her and her children,” said Al-Najjar. []

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