Remembering Mousa Shawwa

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The moment we have feared has come. We’ve lost one of our dear colleagues in Gaza. With heavy hearts, Anera announces the death of our colleague Mousa Shawwa on March 8, 2024, in Al Zawayda, Deir Al Balah. Mousa was killed wearing his Anera vest after having just returned from working in Rafah.

Mousa Shawwa

His wife and three of his children suffered moderate injuries. His youngest son, six-year-old Karim, is in intensive care right now.

Mousa, along with many members of his family (we don’t yet know the exact number), were killed by an Israeli airstrike. He was 41 years old and had been a resident of Gaza City before he and his family were forced to evacuate to Deir Al Balah after the war began.

Mousa was a valued member of Anera’s staff in Gaza for nearly 15 years. He started out as a driver and custodian and later moved into the role of logistics and support coordinator. Mousa was instrumental in getting aid delivered to where and whom it was needed most. He was a problem-solver and a humanitarian who believed deeply in Anera’s mission.

“Mousa’s was the first face I saw when I entered Gaza and the last I saw when I left,” says Anera Palestine Country Director Sandra Rasheed. “He made sure that he watched over me the whole time I was in Gaza. He was a protector. He had so much love for his family. Du’a, his wife, was the love of his life. He would do anything for his kids. He was very committed to Anera and his work. His Anera family meant the world to him. I’m devastated and shocked. I can’t believe I won’t ever hear his laugh again.”

“For me,” says Anera President & CEO Sean Carroll, “Mousa was usually the first and last face of an Anera staff person I respectfully and lovingly kissed on both cheeks every time I entered and left Gaza. The hurt in knowing that I will not have that embrace on my next trip to Gaza is almost too much to bear. Anera, Gaza, Palestine, and the world have lost a dedicated humanitarian who worked hard to help hope find a way, and ultimately was killed despite his efforts. We are praying for the full and speedy recovery of his injured wife and children, and we will continue to advocate for an immediate and full ceasefire.”

This tragic news underscores Anera’s urgent call to end this war immediately. Too many innocent people have been killed.

March 9 Press Release: US NGO worker killed in Israeli Airstrike

March 19 Update: With profound sadness, we must share that Mousa’s son, Karim, has passed away due to his injuries.

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