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Two Mercy Corps staff finally enter Gaza January 23, 2009
After several days of trying, two Mercy Corps staffers were permitted into Gaza today: Albana Dwonch, who works with our Global Youth Connectivity project, and Cassandra Nelson, our global media and communications officer.
Ten truckloads of food being packed in Al-Arish January 23, 2009
Staff from Mercy Corps and our partner, ROTA, are packing 10 truckloads of flour, macaroni and other food items in Al-Arish, Egypt. The first trucks should enter Gaza this weekend.
Covering broken windows January 20, 2009
Volunteers with Save Youth Future, Mercy Corps' youth partner organization, distributed plastic sheeting to families in the Tel el-Hawa neighborhood in southern Gaza City.
Q&A with our program manager in Gaza January 19, 2009
Excerpts from my phone conversation today with Isdud Al-Najjar, our program manager in Gaza City:
Humanitarian access unchanged since ceasefire January 19, 2009
As a eighth Mercy Corps truck enters Gaza, our staff say that humanitarian access has remained essentially unchanged since the ceasefire.
Medical supplies delivered to Khan Younis hospital January 17, 2009
Three trucks with medical supplies and baby formula, as well as several boxes of refrigerated items, packed by our partner Reach Out to Asia (ROTA), cleared the Rafah border crossing and were delivered to a hospital in Khan Younis.
Truck carrying food for roughly 600 families gets in January 14, 2009
Another truck carrying 12 tons of food, for about 600 families, successfully crossed into Gaza today and will arrive at our warehouse tomorrow. The food — about $20,000 worth — includes meat, sugar, lentils, tuna fish, soybean oil and rice.
Twenty families receive food, bedding in Gaza City January 14, 2009
Over the last two days, Mercy Corps has distributed mattresses, pillows, blankets, diapers, formula milk, canned tuna, canned beef and a jar of halwa to 20 families in Gaza City. The goods were bought within Gaza.
Food distributions reach 485 families in Khan Younis January 14, 2009
Staff and volunteers finished distributing emergency food boxes to families today in villages east of Khan Younis. All told, 485 families received rice, tuna and cooking oil.
First food boxes distributed in Khan Younis January 11, 2009
From Mercy Corps staff member Safa Nasr (woman at left above, with Mercy Corps volunteer Jehad in cap) in Khan Younis: