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EMERGENCY ALERT

Rafah could become the deadliest and most destructive chapter of this conflict yet. Civilians have nowhere to go — nowhere in Gaza is safe or able to support life. We need a definitive ceasefire now. Anything else is simply not good enough. 

Save the Children is working around the clock to deliver critical aid to children living in the hardest-to-reach places. Will you donate today to support this life-saving work?

Children have no part in starting wars, but are victims of their violence

  • Rafah could become the deadliest and most destructive chapter of this conflict yet.
  • All children affected by the violence in Israel and Gaza must be supported to find safety.
  • The over 1M people sheltering in Rafah cannot flee. We need a definitive #CEASEFIRENOW

85% of the total population of Gaza — 1.9 million civilians — have been forcibly displaced

More than 2 million people in Gaza now face catastrophic levels of food insecurity, including starvation

As of January 11, 2024, Save the Children has reached over 106,000 people, including over 57,000 children

Save the Children has been providing essential services and support to Palestinian children impacted by the ongoing conflict since 1953, and have had a permanent presence in the occupied Palestinian territory since 1973. We are present in the West Bank and Gaza.  Any expanded military operations into Rafah will cause a catastrophic loss of life and severely impede, if not end completely, the entire humanitarian response across Gaza. 

 For years, Save the Children has responded to the unique needs of children impacted by conflict and displacement. Your donation to the Children's Emergency Fund helps support this life-saving work.

Janti Soeripto, Save the Children president and CEO, appeared on "Face the Nation" On December 10, 2023 to discuss the "unspeakable" humanitarian crisis unfolding in Gaza.

Save the Children's Humanitarian Response

Ensuring the safety and security of our staff in Gaza remains our top priority. In October 2023,  Save the Children’s first supplies entered Gaza from Egypt, including medical kits, consumables, and water.

Today, amidst extremely challenging conditions, our teams have been working around-the-clock to find ways to deliver aid to children. Their safety and well-being are paramount considerations in all our operations. Our staff in Gaza are facing the same situation that all children and familes are facing. While we are doing all we can to support them – including providing shelter, aid, and basic supplies - what we really need to ensure their safety is a definitive ceasefire, now.

As soon as access is possible, we are ready to scale up our response further in Gaza through the planned activities below:

Distributing more essential supplies, such as water, food, toiletries and household essentials 

Providing fuel and water infrastructure for hospitals and distributing water storage tanks 

Delivering mental health and psychosocial support services for children and caregivers

Delivering mental health and psychosocial support services, including setting up Child-Friendly Spaces

Setting up temporary learning spaces and repairing damaged schools

Identifying the most at-risk children for child protection services

Millions of Children on the Frontlines of Conflict Are at Grave Risk

Palestinians inspect the damage in Gaza City on October 9, 2023. Photo by Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto via Getty Images.

Our research has found that after years of blockade and multiple cycles of violence from all parties to the conflict, four out of five children in the Gaza Strip report that they live with depression, grief, and fear. Caregivers reported that three out of five are self-harming. With every airstrike or rocket launched, children’s sense of safety is ripped away yet again, with a devastating psychological toll. 

Many are suffering from:

As violence escalates, thousands of children’s lives are at grave risk. Across the West Bank and inside Israel, unrest continues and children live in fear of arrest or displacement.

The only way to truly protect children’s lives and wellbeing is for all parties to halt this violence and do everything in their power to de-escalate the situation immediately, and to seek a lasting and sustainable peace.

How to Help Children Impacted by Conflict

Without immediate support, the world’s most vulnerable children are at risk of physical and emotional harm with devastating, lifelong consequences. That’s why Save the Children works in the hardest-to-reach places, where it’s toughest to be a child. But we need your help. Together, we can fight threats to child survival. Donate to the Children's Emergency Fund today.

*The following humanitarian organizations are working in Israel. Save the Children encourages our supporters to also contribute to their efforts, if you can: Magen David Adom (Israeli Ambulance Service), Physicians for Human Rights Israel and The Humanity Crew.

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