WHO and Unicef: Children are dying of hunger in Gaza

Director General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, warned today that in the north of the Gaza Strip, more and more children are dying of hunger

by Sededin Dedovic
WHO and Unicef: Children are dying of hunger in Gaza
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The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, expressed deep concern about the increasing number of children dying of hunger in the northern Gaza Strip. Lack of food and severe malnutrition have led to tragic consequences, with ten children losing their lives in the past week, and many facing serious health problems.

After months of restrictions, WHO employees finally had the opportunity to visit Al Awda and Kamal Awdan hospitals in Gaza. What they found there left them in shock. Gebrejezus described the situation as "bleak", noting destroyed hospital buildings and severe shortages of food, fuel and medical supplies.

The Ministry of Health in Gaza reported even more tragic cases. At least fifteen children died of malnutrition and dehydration at the Kamal Advan hospital, while the Palestinian Wafa agency announced that another child died of starvation at a hospital in the city of Rafah.

Tedros highlighted severe levels of malnutrition and difficulties in supplying food, fuel and medicine, further exacerbating an already catastrophic situation. An estimated 300,000 people live with insufficient amounts of food and drinking water, especially in northern Gaza.

The United Nations has also warned of imminent famine in the Gaza Strip. A senior UN humanitarian aid official stated that a quarter of the population, or about 576,000 people, suffers from a catastrophic lack of food, while every sixth child under the age of two suffers from acute malnutrition.

The Director General of UNICEF for the Middle East, Adel Kodr, further emphasized the tragedy of the situation. She condemned "children dying of hunger" and pointed out that these deaths were predictable and could have been prevented.

This is not the first time that the Gaza Strip has faced a humanitarian crisis. Decades of conflict and blockades have led to an unbearable situation for the local population. In addition, the recent military campaign has further worsened the already difficult situation, with many civilians, especially women and children, falling victim to violence and lack of basic necessities.

The international community is called upon to respond urgently and provide the necessary assistance and support to the population of Gaza. Urgent measures to provide food, medicine and basic necessities are necessary to prevent further tragedies and enable the recovery of this affected region.