Tuk-Tuk: Gazans’ Multipurpose Vehicle

The people of Gaza often use Auto-Rickshaw, commonly known by the locals as tuk-tuk, for multiple purposes from peddling their merchandises to getting their kids to school.

ACT partners in Gaza use tuktuks to deliver aid
Tuk-tuks, bikes with a cart attached, used by ACT partners in Gaza to deliver aid in Gaza. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, GAZA – In Southeast Asian countries like Indonesia, auto-rickshaws are used carry bot goods and passengers. This is also the case in Gaza Strip. The locals know this vehicle as a Tuk-tuk. This versatile vehicle filled the streets of Gaza.

Said Mukaffiy from the Global Humanity Response-Aksi Cepat Tanggap explained that, after dawn, many tuk-tuk drivers offer their services. They transport people to the market, children to the school, or goods to the houses of their buyers.

"After eight o'clock in the morning, many Gazan children go to school by these tuk-tuks. They also transport people to their workplaces,” reported Said.

Schoolchildren often greet each other when they bump into their friends in another Tuk-tuk. Meanwhile, during the day, peddlers sell cold drinks, snacks, and toys on the coast of Gaza with their tuk-tuk.

"For the people of Gaza, tuk-tuk is a multifunctional and easy-to-operate vehicle. Tuk-tuk is much in demand by those who want to open their own business. Hence, Global Wakaf – ACT aims to initiate a waqf-based program in the form of tuk-tuk provision for the people of Gaza,” he added.

With the Motorbike-Cart Waqf program, Said hoped that the Indonesian people can help create opportunities for Gazans who have entrepreneurial skills.

Mervat Alhway, one of the underprivileged residents in the Deir Al Balah area, Gaza. The absence of jobs leaves most Gazan families with no way out of poverty. (ACTNews)

No job opportunities for Gazans

According to the Palestinian Bureau of Statistics, the public unemployment rate in Gaza averaged 45.1 percent in 2019. The absence of jobs leaves most Gazan families with no way out of poverty despite the fact that many people in Gaza are educated and skilled.

"Palestinians really love and strive for education despite the adversities caused by conflict. However, qualifications, skills and experience are not enough to guarantee a future without job opportunities. The lack of employment leaves many people of productive age in Palestine unable to be independent and empowered despite the diplomas and certificates that they have,” stressed Said.

Said continued, one of the ways to help the economy of the people of Gaza is by opening business opportunities. The initial stage of assistance will be carried out by providing tuk-tuks.

"Let's strengthen the independence of Gazan families. Apart from praying, we have also come with tangible programs to revive the life of the people of Gaza," concluded Said. []