The children were smiling again

Salwa Tibi, CARE’s Gaza Program Representative, shared the sense of respite the truce in the Israel-Gaza war has brought to her children and grandchildren. Despite the temporary relief, she also told us how nearly two months of conflict have completely changed her and her family’s lives. There is no electricity at all in Rafah, city in Southern Gaza where she has fled. To simply communicate with us and relatives, she walked a long way to find someone with a generator and charge her mobile phone.  

The best thing in the last few days was to finally see the children smile again. My daughters and her children, they feel so much better. The children were very afraid of the bombing and shelling. Now, during the ceasefire, they do not have to fear the planes in the sky. They feel happy. I walked with them on the street. I wanted them to see the sun, the light, the good parts of life, and it was so heart-warming to see them at ease and happy. We walked through the neighbourhood, and they played with some of the local children, who are not displaced like us,” said Salwa Tibi, Gaza Program Representative. 

Since the beginning of the conflict in early October, the Gaza Strip has become the most dangerous place in the world to be a child. According to UNICEF, over 5,300 children have died – 40 percent of the total death toll. In other words: over 110 children in Gaza have died every day since October 7, with hundreds more believed to remain under the rubble.


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