ACT NOW: Protect humanitarian aid for Gaza

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The humanitarian situation in Gaza is horrifying. The UN has predicted that by 2020, Gaza will be unlivable. Electricity only runs a few hours a day, and more than 95 percent of the water is contaminated. With nowhere to go and few jobs to be had, most families rely on humanitarian assistance just to survive each day.

Right now, USAID funding for humanitarian assistance in Gaza is on hold, pending a policy review process by the U.S. Government. This means that much of the critical humanitarian assistance that organizations like Mercy Corps provide, including access to clean water, food assistance, health services and job training — could end, and soon.

Please take action now and urge the U.S. Government to ensure continued lifesaving humanitarian funding for Gaza.

Mercy Corps has worked in Palestine for more than three decades, providing humanitarian relief and helping families and communities cope with this extremely difficult situation. We can’t let families in Gaza continue to suffer. The conditions that people are living in are already heartbreaking — and the situation will only get worse should this funding stop. Add your name and tell the administration to protect humanitarian aid for families in Gaza.

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My Message

Dear President Trump,

I am saddened by the recent violence in Gaza, and am deeply concerned about the humanitarian crisis facing children and their families. I am writing to request that you immediately allow urgently needed lifesaving aid to continue.

As you know, the situation in Gaza is desperate. The UN has predicted that by 2020, Gaza will be unlivable. Electricity only runs a few hours a day, and more than 95 percent of the water is contaminated. With nowhere to go and few jobs to be had, most families rely on humanitarian assistance just to survive each day.

Right now, U.S. funding for humanitarian assistance through USAID in the West Bank and Gaza is on hold, pending a policy review process by your administration. This funding provides critical humanitarian assistance like food, water, sanitation and health. The programs supported by this funding also provide children and youth living in a desperate situation with hope — bringing possibilities to build a better life and expanding job opportunities in an area where unemployment is over 40%. Total withdrawal of U.S. assistance from the West Bank and Gaza now will be destabilizing, potentially further exacerbating tensions and worsening economic conditions for civilians.

We ask you — as a matter of urgency — to allow this important funding to move forward. Thank you for your consideration of this request.

Sincerely,

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