Anera’s Staff in Gaza Are Heroic
By the time you receive this newsletter we hope that the war will be over and there is unimpeded access to humanitarian aid for all civilians and humanitarian aid workers in Gaza.
All of our Gaza staff and their families are among the displaced. They, like everyone in Gaza, are facing violence, stresses and scenarios that are unimaginable to most of us. They are also true heroes!
The team in Gaza, right from the start of the war, began delivering urgently needed aid to communities all over Gaza. As the humanitarian situation rapidly deteriorated and the forced displacement of Palestinians grew, our staff worked to keep procuring food and hygiene kits, and distributed them daily despite a lack of fuel and trucks, to displaced families.
As of this writing, all members of the Gaza team are all physically unharmed, but still in danger as they go out to deliver aid and Israeli attacks continue. Just this week, a staff member collecting vegetables at a farm for distribution narrowly escaped being bombed. Despite the threat to his life, he went out the next day to keep helping his people.
Many of our Gaza team work when they can. And some can’t. They know that they must take every reasonable measure to keep themselves and their families safe. We have made it clear, as an organization, that our staff must take all the reasonable measures they can to keep themselves and their families safe. That includes not working or delivering aid until it is safe to do so.
All numbers and information as of 10/27/2023. Note that pictures are downloaded from WhatsApp.
Even after this war is over, the decimation of life and infrastructure in Gaza will take many years to overcome.