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A Gaza-based doctor has made an urgent appeal for emergency supplies to assist the Gaza people, who are victims of a brutal siege by the Israeli military. Dr Alaa Abu-Shabaan, the founder of the Stay Safe Gaza project, said the aid is needed for the rebuilding of the damaged houses in Gaza and to provide hospitals with medical equipment, medicine and fuel for Hayfa Medical Center.

There are six disciplines the project focuses on. The first discipline called ‘Build Up Gaza’, aims at rebuilding homes that have been destroyed. Funds will also be used for refurnishing homes.

“The latest figures show that about 109 houses are totally damaged here in Gaza,” Dr Abu-Shabaan told VOC News.

Due to hospitals threatening to close up due to shortage of fuel, the ‘Heal Up Gaza’ part of the campaign aims to provide hospitals with medical equipment, medicine and fuel. This project also plans to organize a Hayfa Medical Center for those that have been injured.

Through ‘Feed Up Gaza’, humanitarian volunteers hope to distribute food parcels for the vulnerable families and victims. Their aim is distribute 100 000 food parcels to those suffering and poor families in Gaza.

With the unexpected bombings, there is hardly any lighting in some homes.

“There is a general take-out of electricity with less than four hours with electricity especially now during the war,” Dr Abu-Shabaan added.

They intend on distributing and installing 100 UPS Uunits in the homes of those that have suffered continuous blackouts. This is the ‘Light Up Gaza’ aspect of the project.

The doctor is initiating the care centre with the ‘Save Gaza’ discipline in mind. This project hopes to support the Gift of the Givers child trauma centre in the east of Gaza.

“That centre is going to offer a helping hand for the targets that are disabled and for the vulnerable families, as well as the orphans and injured persons,” said Dr Abu-Shabaan.

In her observations since the military operation launched on Monnday, Dr Abu-Shabaan said most of the Palestinians in Gaza being attacked are children under the age of twelve and women.

“When they are targeting the civilians, the buildings and the homes, they come without any warning. The children and women are the main targets of this war,” said Dr Abu-Shabaan.

The Stay Safe Gaza team are hoping South Africans will support the project. By getting more organizations and support on board, this outreach project could be very successful, added Dr Abu-Shabaan.

The community can make donations and any contribution to The Gift of the Givers or to the Al Imdaad humanitarian agencies.

“We are co-ordinating and organizing this project in South Africa. We need the support,” said Naseera Rawat, the South African co-ordinator for the Stay Safe Gaza project.

For more information how to get involved, contact Naseera Rawat on 0834564274 / 0163626540. VOC (Shanaaz Abrahams)


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