Starving in Statistics: CARE’s Response to Gaza Food Insecurity Report

ByCARE Australia June 26, 2024 0 comments

In response to the latest IPC report on the level of food insecurity in Gaza, CARE’s Interim Country Director for West Bank and Gaza, Daw Mohamed said:

“Too often, in recent decades, the international community has failed to truly recognize the depth of suffering caused by hunger, focusing on terminology instead of on humanity.

Data on food insecurity serve a purpose, helping the humanitarian community shape its response. But the process to determine the difference between famine or catastrophic food insecurity is irrelevant for Palestinian people in Gaza, too many of whom have starved to death or will never fully recover from the ravages of hunger.

The scale and intensity of hostilities, as we enter the ninth month of hell for people in Gaza, make data collection a life-threatening exercise and survival an hourly battle. Rather than wait for a determination of famine, we must listen to the call of humanity and act now.

We need an immediate and sustained ceasefire, a massive increase in the safe flow of aid and aid workers into and around Gaza, access to water, fuel and basic healthcare services for all people, and the release of all hostages. There is no more time to wait.”


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About CARE International

CARE International has been operating in Gaza and the West Bank since 1948. Prior to the current conflict, we were supporting about 200,000 Palestinians in Gaza and we continue to support about 300,000 in the West Bank to meet basic food needs, improve farming and agriculture, empower women to earn an income, support women’s leadership, and improve health programs focused on gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive health, and children’s mental health.

About CARE Australia 

CARE Australia supports women around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice. We work in partnership with local communities to provide equal opportunities for women that they have long been denied: the ability to earn an income, gain access to their fair share of resources, to lead and participate in decisions that affect their lives, and to be able to withstand the increasing impacts of climate disasters and other crises.

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