The sudden escalation of hostilities in Israel and Gaza since 7 October has seen unimaginable impacts, with the devastating human toll of over 16,000 deaths across Israel and Palestine. Over 15,000 Palestinians have been killed so far, nearly half of them are children, while more than 25,000 people have been injured in Gaza. Around 1.8 million people, almost 80% of the population, have been displaced in Gaza with immediate food, shelter, health, and psychosocial needs. Provide vital emergency support to the people of Gaza.
What is the current situation?
We are prepared to respond quickly and extensively, due to our partners' longstanding presence in the region.
Our efforts are responsive to the rapidly-changing context, and mindful of people’s holistic needs—both physical and emotional—at a time of tremendous uncertainty. Working with our partner Catholic Relief Services (CRS), we have been able to provide multi-purpose cash assistance to over 100,000 people, emergency shelter for over 1,500 people and bedding supplies to 600 families, as part of a larger supply going in the coming weeks for a total of 3,550 families.
Our partners on the ground are working tirelessly to provide urgent assistance to people displaced and affected by the conflict in Gaza.
Day by day it is hard to imagine the situation becoming more unbearable, but that is what is happening and those in Gaza have no avenues of escape. The human suffering must end and it must end now, with human rights and dignity restored on all sides.
The funds raised through this appeal will be used to provide immediate and longer-term humanitarian and development assistance to communities affected by the crisis in Gaza. If any excess funds remain after a crisis, or if there are changes in circumstances beyond our control that limit our ability to use the funds, they are kept in the Emergency Response Appeal so that we can respond to ongoing development needs and future crises across all our regions.
As a member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), Caritas Australia is committed and fully adhere to the ACFID Code of Conduct, conducting our work with transparency, accountability and integrity. Find out more about ACFID Code of Conduct for Emergency Appeals.