European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
A helping hand for vulnerable families in Gaza
The people of Gaza have struggled under a 16-year-long blockade. It is further aggravated by frequent shocks such as recurrent hostilities and air strikes, resulting in sudden severe humanitarian needs for many and increased vulnerability for all.
With every passing year, the humanitarian situation in the enclave worsens. The blockade has led to a protracted economic crisis, leaving over half of Gaza’s population impoverished and unemployed.
Many families in Gaza rely on help from relatives and friends to buy food. Some people have had to put off medical procedures because they cannot afford them, while others are unable to travel abroad to access the specialised treatment they need.
Two thirds of households in Gaza are facing food insecurity. The mental health of residents has also seriosly deteriorated. Recurrent hostilities and air strikes add to the extreme stress and trauma people are experiencing from years of living in conflict and uncertainty.
With the support of EU humanitarian aid, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is providing targeted assistance to people in Jabalia, in northern Gaza.