Gaza: 80% are aid-dependent

05 de julho de 2016

São Paulo – The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said this Tuesday (5) that approximately 80% of the population in Gaza rely on humanitarian aid for their basic needs, Jordan’s news outlet Petra reported.

In a communiqué issued to acknowledge a food donation from the UAE’s Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan Foundation, UNRWA said that the number of aid-dependent refugees in Gaza went from 80,000 in the year 2000 to over 930,000 today.

It added that food donations allow the assisted families to spend some of their resources on other basic food items. During the Muslim month of Ramadan, which is at its end, UNRWA organizes meal donation campaigns for poor families to break their fast, or “iftar.” In Ramadan, the followers of Islam go on a fast from sunup to sundown.

According to UNRWA, the Israeli blockade, now in its 10th year, and the recurring armed conflicts in Gaza have taken their toll on the local economy, pushing much of the population into poverty.

Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics numbers show unemployment reached 41.2% in Gaza in Q1 2016 – the highest rate in the world according to the World Bank.

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum