Deprivation and despair grip Gaza

Growing up comfortably in the United Arab Emirates, these two sisters did not think their lives would take such an unexpected turn.

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Rawiya and Riman in front of their house of sorts in the heart of Gaza. Photo: WFP/ Wissam Nassar

“Our life here is like an endless nightmare. I wish we never came back.”

A living nightmare

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[Left] Ali, 5, and his cousin Nour ,4, hiding from the hot sun in the family tent amidst an unsafe environment particularly for children. [Right] Rawiay, 30, helplessly watching her three-month-old baby girl who cried constantly. Photo: WFP/Wissam Nassar

Despair conquers hope

Interruption of WFP assistance in the unthinkable

“Without food assistance our children would starve.”

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[Left] Riman cooking lentils she was able to purchase with the family’s SAHTEIN voucher from one of 85 shops participating in WFP’s electronic voucher programme across the Gaza Strip. [Right] Riman feeding Ali, his siblings and cousins lentil soup and bread. Photo: WFP/ Wissam Nassar
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Nancy, like many children descending from poor families, grew up too quickly to shoulder the responsibility of her family. She looks after her younger siblings and cousins with dedication and a smile. Photo: WFP/ Wissam Nassar

Humble resources, humble dreams

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To cope with the increasing economic hardships, poor Palestinian households reduce the number of daily meals and purchase less expensive food. Photo: WFP/ Wissam Nassar

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