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Every day there are dreadful reports of suffering from across the Middle East. In Yarmouk and across Syria, people are besieged. In Iraq, communities of all faiths and ethnicities are being targeted, and in the occupied Palestinian territory the daily pain of Palestinians living under occupation goes on - largely ignored and unseen by the world.

So what can organisations like Christian Aid do when it all seems so overwhelming? Frances Guy, Head of Middle East at Christian Aid, explains.

The consequences of relentless violence and suffering

Aftermath of the conflict in Gaza  

Destroyed homes in the heavy shelled neighbourhood of Sha'af in Gaza City. Credit: Christian Aid/Heidi Levine

The summer of 2014 in Gaza was dreadful. The conflict left thousands of Palestinian homes destroyed and more than 100,000 people homeless.

People require long-term support to help rebuild their lives and livelihoods.

Thanks to your generosity, our Gaza Crisis Appeal raised more than £1.1 million. In addition, the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Gaza Crisis Appeal raised more than £17 million. This means we can support our partners, and the communities they work with, on the long road to recovery.

Devastation beyond comprehension

Our partner PARC witnessed huge losses of agricultural land and fishing boats; destroying the livelihoods of thousands of farmers and fishers whose way of life depends on farming and fishing.

An estimated 373,000 children showed symptoms of increasing distress as a result of the awful things they witnessed. Many require specialised psychosocial support.

While we welcomed the ceasefire and shared our partners’ relief, we are clear that it cannot be the end of the road.

A future without fear

The ceasefire must be the first step in creating a permanent situation where people can rebuild their lives knowing they will not be threatened again by conflict.

To ensure that this is the last ceasefire that will ever need to be negotiated, it must tackle the root causes of conflict and end the untenable situation that existed prior to recent hostilities.

We believe that for this to happen, the climate of impunity must come to an end, and every individual and collective action must be accounted for.

If Israelis and Palestinians are to be truly secure, and to end the poverty that degrades the lives of so many, the occupation must end and everyone must be treated equally.

You can read more about our position in the document This is not about Gaza.

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Our response

The summer of 2014 was dreadful. Our partners are supporting communities on the long road to recovery.


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Pray with us for the people of Gaza whose lives have been shattered by conflict.

Voices from Gaza

Scenes of devastation in Gaza

Eyewitness reports, photos and videos from our partners and those we're helping in Gaza.



How you can help

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Our work in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory

Photo gallery: supporting fishermen and farmers

Photo gallery: how to survive in the Gaza Strip

Photo gallery: life in the Gaza Strip

Photo gallery: Palestinian displacement

Podcast: psychological support for children in Gaza

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This isn't about Gaza >

We believe the current crisis in Gaza should not be a surprise to anyone - read our latest statement.

Christian Aid is explicit in its concern for the security of Israeli and Palestinian civilians alike, and we have publicly and repeatedly, condemned violence by all sides.