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Reference : V-P-IL-E-04179
Date : 17/05/2023
Caption : Gaza. The ICRC and the Palestine Red Crescent Society distribute a cash allowance as well as non-food items to the people directly impacted by recent hostilities.
Photographer : MHANNA, Hisham
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : "The five days of conflict in May 2023 caused death, injury, and destruction for residents of Gaza, many of whom have not yet begun to psychologically, physically or financially heal from their experiences in May 2021 and August 2022.
"Mohammed lived in a home with his wife and their four young children. His children, three of them in school, are good students with high grades.
"When Mohammed and his wife realized the building was shaking and the walls crumbling, he kicked down a door for his family to flee.
"When I looked outside, the only thing I could see was flames. I returned to my wife and told her, ‘We are going to die. There is no way we can get out of here. It’s impossible for anyone to reach us.’ I kept looking at my children. I wanted to soak them in for the last time.
"In the days after a ceasefire was announced, the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) and the ICRC began responding to urgent needs. While communities held their breath to see if the agreement would hold, PRCS and ICRC teams assessed broken homes. Cash assistance and household items were provided to the most vulnerable. This helps them to cover immediate emergency needs and begin the process of rebuilding their lives.
"Mohammed was one of those who received this assistance. He is now living with his parents, while his wife and children stay with her parents. With the cash assistance he’s received, he has embarked on a journey of saving, with the goal of securing a home for their future and reuniting with his family.
"Ali Yahia is a PRCS volunteer involved in the response. He has seen many families like Mohammed’s. He knows that not only is physical support important for those impacted, but mental health support as well.
"We try to focus on providing psychosocial support to the affected families and help children overcome the abnormal time they have endured. But I believe that everyone in Gaza is in deep need for this type of support, even myself!"

Source: ICRC website, article 31/05/23
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