Ramadan in Gaza: Between War and Deprivation

Ramadan in Gaza: Between War and Deprivation

ACTNews, GAZA – Ramadan brings an overwhelming joy for Muslims around the world, including the Muslims in Gaza, Palestine. Last weekend, the streets in this besieged region were filled with people who were preparing for the Holy Month. Markets were full of buyers, and families were gathering in their houses.

One of the Gazans who were very happy for the coming of the month was Hasan. He said that Ramadan is the month that many people, both the old and the young, look forward to. They pray and raised their hopes for peace and safety. “Ramadan is a holy month and a happiness for all people in Gaza,” said Hasan in early May.    

However, the joy of welcoming Ramadan suddenly turned to sadness when Israel attacked Gaza just a few days before Ramadan. On Saturday (5/4), airstrikes destroyed many buildings, including 300 apartments. The attacks also killed 28 and wounded approximately 200 Gazans.

Hasan said that the attacks ruined their happiness in the beginning of Ramadan. The Israeli blockade is also getting stricter, making it difficult to get various needs for Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr.

Israel attacked Hasan’s house who was full of children at the time. They were gathering to welcome the Holy Month. Fortunately, they were able to be immediately evacuated after the attack destroyed Hasan’s house. “The first attack aimed at houses, while the second hit cars on the streets,” said Hasan.


ACT assists Gaza in Ramadan

With the blockade getting stricter and the attacks threatening their lives, the people of Gaza have to spend Ramadan between war and deprivation.

Despite the saddening condition, Aksi Cepat Tanggap has been providing food for the people of Gaza since the first day of Ramadan and will continue to do so until the end of Ramadan. Andi Noor Faradiba of Global Humanity Response (GHR) – ACT stated that meal packages for suhoor and iftar are to be distributed during Ramadan.

As many as 500 meal packages are distributed during suhoor and iftar, consisting of staple food, such as bread accompanied with fruit, milk or cheese. The poor and the elderly are the main beneficiaries of this distribution. “These packages will be distributed throughout Ramadan,” said Faradiba, Friday (5/9).

On the first day of Ramadan, the ACT volunteers in Gaza ate their suhoor with one of the families in Gaza. Their first suhoor was filled with warmth and friendliness despite having to eat in darkness due to lack of electricity in Gaza.

Not only the limited electricity, the life in Gaza has become very difficult due to water pollution and the high unemployment rate that leads to the soaring poverty rate. []