I am far from Gaza right now, in the UK, but I am speaking with my friends, my family and my medical colleagues there every day. I know doctors and nurses are working night and day to treat the people injured in the recent massacres.
Here are some statistics that show the enormous challenges health workers in Gaza are facing:
- The Israeli army killed 112 Palestinians and injured 13,190 since the March for Return began on March 30th
- 13 Palestinian children killed and 2,096 injured
- 323 emergency medical workers hit by live fire and gas bombs, one worker killed and 37 ambulances damaged
- 785 people shot in the head, neck, chest and or back
- 27 leg amputations
Some of the injured will heal, others will be left with chronic pain and disabilities that will last a lifetime. Hundreds of thousands will suffer from psychological wounds, especially children.
The number and seriousness of injuries would be overwhelming in a normal situation. But, as you know, nothing in Gaza is normal. The Israeli siege, now in its eleventh year, has caused shortages of everything from anesthesia to fuel to keep the electricity running.
While doctors, nurses and volunteer medical students are working around the clock, you can support their efforts in a very significant way. Every dollar you give will go directly to Gaza. And with your contribution you’ll be sending a powerful message of solidarity.
Shukran (Thank you),
Dr. Mona El-Farra
MECA Director of Gaza Projects