An unique partnership between the Ministry of Health, Augusta Victoria Hospital, Juzoor for Health and Social Development, UNRWA, World Diabetes Foundation and DCA/NCA was launched yesterday in Ramallah
Just before the rainy season, the Israeli army has destroyed three water cisterns that ensure water for people and animals in the small farming community of Al Ganoub in the Occupied West Bank.
By Ane Sommer Knudsen, Programme Officer, DCA Office Middle East
Two years after the last war in Gaza entire neighbourhoods remain cut off from water supplies, destroyed hospitals and clinics have not yet been rebuilt, and tens of thousands remain without a home.
Two years since the outbreak of the 2014 war that cost the lives of 1,492 Palestinian civilians, including 551 children, much of the Gaza Strip remains in ruins. Entire neighbourhoods remain cut off from water supplies, destroyed hospitals and clinics have not yet been rebuilt, and tens of thousands remain without a home.
Hamda Hanani was the first women in her village to claim her inheritance right
by Aseel Baidoun
Hamda Hanani is a Palestinian woman from the village of Bet Forek and a mother of four children.Her father passed away 17 years ago leaving behind seven daughters and seven sons. Nobody from the family undertook the legal procedure of making official inventory of the father’s assets. Instead, Hamda’s brothers took control of his estates leaving nothing for their sisters.
World not delivering on Gaza reconstruction promises, new report warns
Six months since donors pledged $3.5 billion towards Gaza's recovery, many people are worse off and not a single one of the 19,000 destroyed homes has been rebuilt. 100,000 people are still homeless and many are living in makeshift camps or schools.
(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.
44 Palestinian, Israeli, and international organizations are urgently calling on world leaders to stop Israeli plans to forcibly transfer thousands of Palestinian Bedouins out of their communities in the central part of the occupied West Bank and into a designated township.
Many people of Gaza are trapped in their homes, says DCA employee in Gaza, who himself is staying indoor with his frightened family
Omar Al Majdalawi is living with his family in Gaza North that has been the scene of some of the heaviest bombardments during the ongoing conflict between Hamas and Israel. He is the Programme Manager of DanChurchAid’s activities in the small strip of land. Several times airstrikes nearby have shaken the house where he lives with his wife and four children.
By Anne Hertzum Alling
Where there is life, there must be water, and now there is in the Bethlehem desert. But the golden drops are fragile and so is the life as a Bedouin.
Alya (12) and Thikra (10) help each other filling the big plastic tub with water and then add soap. In a family of 20, laundry is as good as a full time job and it doesn’t take long and many dirty socks until the water has changed colour from clear to grey-black. The dust from the desert is everywhere – in clothes, hair and nostrils.
Continued military operations are compounding a health care crisis in Gaza, with hospitals ill-prepared to meet the critical needs arising from a wide-scale emergency right now. The signatory organizations are calling for an immediate ceasefire, noting that all parties must respect international humanitarian law and abide by their obligations to protect civilians from harm.
Military actions by all parties must stop. Since 2009, history has shown that military operations have failed to bring peace and security for people in Gaza and in Israel.
Over the years we have repeatedly called for ceasefires and for all sides to protect civilians from harm. Sadly, these ceasefires have not lasted and we have had to revert back to life-saving relief and emergency programs, aiding innocent people to cope with the trauma, and rebuilding Gaza time and time again.
On Thursday, June 5th, 2014 Israeli Civil Administration officials arrived in the desert east of Bethlehem together with police and Israeli soldiers during the humanitarian distribution to poor Bedouin families in the village Al Ganoub in the Ar Rashaydeh Community. They confiscated 3 trucks, 10 latrines and 8 water tanks.
The trucks were taken to a police station in the Israeli settlement Gush Etzion. The three drivers were interrogated and then released. But the ICA still kept the latrines, water tanks and the trucks which belong to a local contractor.
The Israeli demolition of Palestinian homes and property and the number of Palestinians displaced by these demolitions reached a five-yearhigh in 2013. Throughout the period of peace negotiations in 2013, demolitions accelerated across Area C and East Jerusalem, with a 43 percent rise in demolitions and a 74 percent rise in displacement compared to the same period in 2012.
Almost 90,000 Syrians of Palestinian origin have fled over the border to Lebanon where they have looked for help and shelter in the old Palestinian refugee camps from 1948.
by Jutta Weinkouff
Deeply traumatised and often with only the clothes on their backs, almost 90,000 refugees of all ages have gone to seek shelter with close or distant relatives in the old Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon.
About 400,000 Palestinian refugees live here already under miserable conditions in a country that doesn’t want them.
The 6 year long Israeli blockade of Gaza has crippled the private sector and has left thousands of Palestinians unemployed and in severe poverty. DanChurchAid is establishing production cooperatives and creating sustainable working places for women.
We are in Shja’ia – one of the poorest and most conservative local communities in Gaza City. Here DanChurchAid together with the local partner organization MAA’N has established 5 new food production cooperatives.
A crippled private sector
The rehabilitation of the 2000 year old water cistern has improved the lives of the the Bedouin family Rashaydeh considerably by giving them free access to water.
We are in the desert of Bethlehem. We are visiting the Bedouin family Rashaydeh; Hamad, his two wives, Mariam and Sahja, 23 children and two grandchildren.
Hamad and his family live in ‘Area C’ – the area at the West Bank, which is under full Israeli control. 60 percent of the West Bank consists of ‘Area C’.
As the impact of days of violent escalation worsens for civilians in Gaza and in Israel, a group of 38 aid and development agencies today urged world leaders to take swift action to enforce a ceasefire in order to protect civilian lives and infrastructure and prevent another widespread humanitarian disaster in Gaza brought on by a prolonged military confrontation.
The lack of water in the Eastern desert of Bethlehem makes living conditions harsh for local Bedouin Muhammed Ali Hussein and his family. Yet, he is not interested in moving to the village.
An early Monday morning, we set out to visit the Bedouins in the desert, east of Bethlehem in the West Bank. The way to the desert is long, but beautiful. We pass several olive fields and also Jewish settlements. After a one hour drive, we pass the last Jewish settlement and the road changes very abruptly.
Israeli authorities have stepped up unlawful demolitions in the West Bank including East Jerusalem over the past year, displacing a record number of Palestinian families from their homes, an international coalition of 20 leading aid agencies and human rights groups said today.
The statement comes as the Middle East Quartet meets in Jerusalem in its latest effort to revive peace talks.
The sharp rise in demolitions in 2011 has been accompanied by accelerated expansion of Israeli settlements and an escalation of violence perpetrated by settlers, the groups said.
That is how much water DanChurchAid (DCA) and partner East Jerusalem YMCA – Women’s Training Program (EJ YMCA-WTP) have created for the Bedouins in the desert of Bethlehem.
51 agricultural cisterns have been rehabilitated for agricultural purposes (such as drinking water for animals and irrigation of land) and 50 household cisterns have been constructed to provide clean drinking water for the families, who are otherwise not connected to a water network.