Anera distributes vouchers for food and basic supplies to help Gaza families affected by the after latest attacks
The fear of war became a tragic reality recently for a 36-year-old Gaza mother of three when relatives called her to leave her home immediately. Dina Shamlakh had no idea what they were yelling about. “I was in my house preparing breakfast for my children like I do every day when suddenly I heard my relatives calling. 'Dina, Dina get out, they will bomb the house next door!'"
"I ran down the street with my daughters to our neighbor’s house,” she remembers as her heart raced. Within minutes the house only a few meters from hers was completely destroyed.
"My house was badly damaged in the blast,” she says. “The kitchen, windows and walls were completely destroyed and my furniture was mostly shattered."
As part of Gaza’s overall emergency response, Anera launched a program to distribute vouchers for food and clothing to help victims like Dina. The vouchers could be used for basic commodities to help families whose homes were partially or completely damaged during the latest Israeli bombings.
Dina says it was easy to participate. She received a message on her cell phone from Anera advising her to go to one of the biggest stores in Gaza. There she could get basic supplies, like groceries and cleaning materials.
Dina sighs as she looks at the destruction around her. "We are not to blame for everything that happens here." She is grateful for Anera’s help.
"We are thankful for these speedy interventions that help ease our suffering during terrible times like this. Now I hope they can help us rebuild our homes too.”