Islamic Relief has been operating in the Occupied Palestinian Territories since 1998, providing humanitarian support to communities affected profoundly by 53 years of occupation and long periods of economic blockade.
The ongoing impact of occupation, blockades and periodic escalations in violence have had a devastating impact on infrastructure and livelihoods in Gaza and the West Bank, taking an enormous toll on the physical and mental wellbeing of Palestinians. In a total population of two million, a staggering 70% of people in Gaza under 30 are unemployed, 53% of the population live below the poverty line and 80% rely on outside aid to survive.
For the past 22 years, Islamic Relief has been a lifeline for Palestinians, providing support through their daily struggles for survival, delivering lifesaving aid in emergencies and giving families hope for a better future.
In 2008, within hours of the start of the 22-day conflict that devastated lives in Gaza, Islamic Relief was on the ground distributing desperately needed aid. We remained one of the few agencies working on the ground throughout the conflict. In the years that followed, we delivered a $55 million emergency response and reconstruction programme that included equipping and renovating the intensive care units and emergency departments of nine hospitals.
In 2012, as part of our emergency response to the escalation of another conflict, we delivered $1.8 million worth of medical supplies to hospitals as they received casualties. In 2014, the day after conflict broke out once again, we provided medicine and equipment to hospitals and distributed food, water, soap, towels and other essentials to 15,700 displaced people.