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People starving to death in Gaza

Give them succour immediately


Bangladeshpost
Published : 19 Mar 2024 08:44 PM

We are deeply shocked and saddened by the media reports that hundreds of people, including women and children, are dying of starvation across the war-torn Gaza Strip. 

Half of Gazans are experiencing ‘catastrophic’ hunger with famine projected to hit the north of the Palestine territory by May unless there is urgent intervention, a United Nations-backed food security assessment warned on Monday. People in Gaza are starving to death right now. The speed at which this man-made hunger and malnutrition crisis has ripped through Gaza is terrifying. It is estimated that 1.1 million people -- half the population, are now facing catastrophic conditions during the holy month of Ramadan, according to international newspapers and news agencies.  

Donors have turned to deliveries of humanitarian aid by air or sea, but these are not viable alternatives to land deliveries. Donors accused Israel of continuing to ‘systematically and deliberately block and undermine’ the aid delivery into Gaza, in violation of international humanitarian law. Gazans are ‘turning to alternative sources’ for food, including animal feed and ‘inedible items, purely out of desperation’.

Donors have turned to deliveries 

of humanitarian aid by air or sea, 

but these are not viable alternatives 

to land deliveries

This is the ‘highest number of people ever recorded as facing catastrophic hunger’ under the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) system, originally developed in 2004. The situation is particularly dire in the north of Gaza, where the UN says there are about 300,000 people -- and where the IPC said famine is ‘imminent... projected to occur anytime between mid-March and May’.

Therefore, world leaders should compel Israel to allow unfettered access for aid to the besieged Palestinian territory as there is ‘no time to lose’. The international community should hang its head in shame for failing to stop this.

The findings were ‘alarming’ and revealed a ‘heart-wrenching’ picture of ‘children who are starving’. That is why we strongly believe that everything must be done to scale up the delivery of humanitarian assistance.

Our hope is we can still avert a full-fledged famine. But the window is shutting and it is shutting very, very fast. The escalation of hostilities in the Gaza Strip is having a catastrophic impact on children and families. 

Thousands of children have been killed and thousands more injured in the ongoing Palestine-Israel war. More than 600,000 children are trapped in Rafah alone, with nowhere safe to go. Their homes have been destroyed; their families torn apart.We are urging world leaders and donors to provide Palestine people, particularly kids with food immediately for the sake of humanity. We do not want this war. Stop these games of weapons and arms race which is killing innocent people, including women and children.