I donated to the DEC Gaza appeal – and whatever your political affiliations, I think this is a good initiative since it benefits the people. The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) was formed in 1963 and is an umbrella organisation for 13 humanitarian aid agencies. see their website for more details.
Some of the reasons for the appeal as per their web site as below
After an 18 month blockade of Gaza and three weeks of heavy shelling the humanitarian crisis in Gaza is now completely overwhelming.
Thousands of people are struggling to survive with many having lost their homes and most down to their last supplies of food and only limited amounts of fresh drinking water.
* Just £25 can buy warm blankets for 8 children
* Just £50 can provide a Food parcel for a family for one month
* Electricity – supplies to Gaza are erratic at best with 75% of the area cut off completely. There is a significant public health risk arising out of the almost collapse of Gaza’s water and sewage system, the running of which is dependent on electricity.
* Water – Around 500,000 people are without running water with 37% of Gaza’s water wells not working effectively and fuel reserves depleted due to restrictions on access and damage to pipes.
* At least 412 Children have been killed and 1,855 injured
* 60% of the population is living in poverty
* 1.1 million people are dependent upon aid to survive.
* Health – The capacity of the health system has been significantly reduced due to the damage of at least 21 clinics. Ten primary health care clinics are functioning as emergency clinics and hospitals and intensive care units continue to treat the mass casualties.