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Gaza war I have been listening to reports about the war on Gaza, but it was not until last Thursday that sat down and watch a full CNN report and wept.
It is hard to not criticize the Israel's strategy at this point because even to someone who is as clueless about global politics as I am, even I can tell that there is something beyond tragic and inhumane about what is happening in that region.
Reporter Charlotte Silver said:
During the nearly month-long military offensive on #Gaza prior to the short ceasefire, Israel killed 448 children and injured 2,502, according to United Nations’ estimates. As of 8 August, the death toll in Gaza had reached 1,922.
shocking don't you think? I saw a father holding his little girl and he looked as confused and lost as his little 4 year old as he sat in the rubble of what used to be home where he had lost the rest of his children and wife only a few days before.
In another report when schools were still operating a mother was asked how they cope with sending their children to school and she said the fear of never knowing whether they will come home is the worst of it all.
And now to know that your kids are not safe, whether they are playing in the yard or watching television is just too much.
Dangers for pregnant women
The situation for pregnant women is particularly dire. Out of the estimated forty-six thousand pregnant women in Gaza, ten thousand are displaced. The Palestinian Ministry of Health reports that 160 deliveries take place each day. The Israeli assault has caused a marked increase in premature births:
Women are giving birth under increasingly difficult conditions. Maternity clinics have been closed, as are a number of private maternity centers. Other facilities are overstrained. In some, maternity beds are being used to serve the wounded. Shifa Hospital has reported a 15 to 20 per cent increase in premature births, which are linked to the stress of hostilities. Home deliveries are reportedly on the rise, increasing the risks for women and their babies.
The UN estimates that around 373,000 children are in need of immediate psychosocial support, observing that surviving children are “showing symptoms of increasing distress, including bed wetting, clinging to parents and nightmares.”
Outside of praying for Gaza's people I don't know what to do. I can only keep believing in God's omnipotence and ask for His intervention and that world leaders will act on behalf of these people.
In the meantime, I am looking into organizations to support with whatever I can financially to help the people of Gaza.
What do you think about this situation and what can we do?
The factual parts of this post I got from: http://electronicintifada.net/
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