Gaza 12 months on: responding to need, pressing for action

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The most recent conflict in Gaza ended on 18 January 2009. It accelerated the decline of already serious humanitarian conditions.

The international community responded swiftly. The UK was at the forefront of this response. We pledged nearly =A347 million pounds to support immediate humanitarian needs, early recovery and reconstruction activities.

Responding to the crisis has been complicated and difficult for the many aid agencies, UN organisations and governments involved.

Nearly twelve months on from the launch of hostilities and with winter now setting in, public attention is turning back to Gaza. This is important. The crisis of human dignity which we see today in Gaza remains unacceptable, unsustainable and in the long-term interests of nobody.

We accept that much remains to be done. However, the UK response continues to make a real difference to ordinary Gazans.

For an insider's account of what UK support has delivered and what more needs to be done, have a look at these postcards from the field:

- the basics: accessing safe water

- back to work: earning a living in a damaged economy

Gaza: facts and figures

- 61% of households are food insecure

- 13% of the population suffer from sleeping problems as a result of war

- 60% of the population do not have access to daily water

- 17% of agricultural land destroyed during war

- 50-80m litres of raw and partially treated sewage is released into the Mediterranean Sea each day

- 90% of Gazan experience power cuts of 4-5 hours per day