Palestinians, who fled their home due to Israeli air and artillery strikes, sit at a United Nations-run school where they take refuge, in Gaza City May 18, 2021. (Reuters)
The non-profit relief and development organization Baitussalam Welfare Trust (BWT) provided food assistance to more than 2,200 food-insecure Palestine refugees in Gaza through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
The contribution - the first of its kind from the Pakistan-based organization - aims to mitigate the severity of food insecurity in Palestine refugee households in the besieged Gaza Strip.
Food assistance is a vital element of social safety and stability for Palestine refugees living in Gaza. UNRWA emergency in-kind food assistance provides a critical humanitarian lifeline to Palestine refugees who depend on it to meet their most basic food security needs.
UNRWA provides some 1.2 million Palestine refugees in Gaza with their basic food requirements. Accounting for almost two-thirds of Gaza’s total population, this community lives on less than US$ 1.74 per person per day. Repeated cycles of violence and economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic have exacerbated the socio-economic impact of fourteen years of blockade, fueling rising unemployment and insecurity among thousands of Palestine refugee families.