The farmers in Gaza lost over six months of crops in the war that raged last summer. A Norwegian People's Aid partner organization is providing support to the farmers to get food production up and running again.
On the border between Gaza and Israel, in the no-man's land where moving about puts one's life at risk, lies some of the most fertile farmland available to the farmers in Gaza. Many of the poorest farmers grow their crops here, defying threats and gunfire from the Israeli border guards to tend their fields.
Conversational therapy and activities help Gaza's women and children to process post-war trauma.
No one in Gaza was safe as the bombs were falling last summer. Norwegian People's Aid programme coordinator Wedad Naser, who was in Gaza throughout the entire war, reported in her blog:
that Norwegian People’s Aid has been asked by both parties in the ongoing peace talks on Colombia to lead and support with the clearance of landmines, improvised explosive devices and other unexploded ordnances.
NPA has worked with Humanitarian Disarmament and Mine Clearance for the last 20 years in more than 40 countries worldwide, and is among the leading organizations in its field.
NPA has been involved in Latin America since the 1980’s with a variety of development projects, and in Colombia the last 10 years with various partner organizations.
NPA’s partner organizations are providing assistance to about 80 families who had to flee their houses due to flooding in the Gaza Valley.
In the middle of the night to February 22, Palestinian families living in the Al-Mughraqa area of the Gaza Strip were abruptly woken up when water from the Gaza Valley flooded into their houses and forced them to leave their homes.
(26 February 2015) – Six months have passed since a ceasefire on 26 August 2014 ended over seven weeks of fighting between Israeli forces and Palestinian armed groups in the Gaza Strip. As UN agencies and international NGOs operating in Gaza, we are alarmed by the limited progress in rebuilding the lives of those affected and tackling the root causes of the conflict.
The Israeli-imposed blockade continues, the political process, along with the economy, are paralyzed, and living conditions have worsened.