We are extremely concerned by the continuing violence in Gaza.
We continue to call for a complete and immediate ceasefire and for the killing and targeting of all children to stop.
3.1 million people are in need nationally with over 1 million children affected by the violent conflict in Gaza following the brutal attacks in Israel on 7 October.
Violence is taking a terrible toll on the lives of children and families.
Hunger in Gaza
The whole population of Gaza is now affected by an extreme lack of food, and children are the most affected.
In parts of Gaza, one in six children under two are acutely malnourished. Of these, almost 3% suffer from severe wasting, the most life-threatening form of malnutrition. These children need urgent treatment with therapeutic food to recover. The people of Gaza are relying on humanitarian aid to survive.
Nowhere is safe in Gaza
Following the escalation of violence in Rafah, there are currently no safe spaces in Gaza. Homes and critical infrastructure lie in ruin, and only 12 of Gaza’s 36 hospitals are partially functional.
Over 1.7 million people, half of them children, have had to leave their homes as a result of the violence.
The ongoing bombardments hinder efforts to set up service points. In particular, they threaten the lives of ordinary Gazans as well as the humanitarian teams trying to help them.
Mental health and psychosocial support
There are an estimated 17,000 unaccompanied or separated children in Gaza. This is around 1% of Gaza’s displaced population of 1.7 million people.
Each one of those children carries a story of immense heartbreak and grief.
Before the war, UNICEF found that 500,000 children in Gaza required access to mental health and psychosocial support services. Today, we estimate that almost all children in Gaza need mental health and psychosocial support – more than 1 million children.
Help us reach more children
Despite the dangerous situation, we continue to deliver life-saving supplies such as medicine, nutrition, and clean water. But, this meets only a tiny proportion of the need.
As supplies and living conditions quickly decline, we need your help to reach more children.
To help us meet the needs of children and families in Gaza, we are calling for:
- Increased access for trucks bringing life-saving supplies into Gaza.
- Protection and access for those delivering aid.
- An immediate, long-lasting humanitarian ceasefire.
- More than anything, the children of the State of Palestine and Israel need a lasting political solution to the crisis, so that they can grow up in peace and free from the shadow of violence
We are calling for the immediate end of hostilities, and for all parties to unconditionally protect children from harm no matter who or where they are. We are calling for the immediate and safe release of any children being held hostage in Gaza. Any children in custody of parties to the conflict should be protected, and immediately and unconditionally released.
We are an impartial, non-political humanitarian organisation. While we continue to report on and advocate for the protection of all children in both Gaza and Israel, our humanitarian response is driven by the need. Before this renewed violence, one million children needed humanitarian aid in Gaza and the West Bank. In high-income countries such as Israel, the State usually provides the supplies and services for children that we undertake or supports in lower income countries.
There is a National Committee for UNICEF in Israel – the Israeli Fund for UNICEF – that works to promote and raise awareness of children’s rights in Israel and to raise funds for our work across the world. You can find out more about its work here.
UNICEF has an ongoing humanitarian programme in Gaza and has continued to provide supplies and services during the escalation of hostilities.
Alongside our partners, we have helped:
- 1.3 million people access safe drinking water
- 275,000 people, including 140,250 children in Rafah, benefit from a wastewater treatment plant
- 13,000 people, including 460 children with disabilities, receive psychosocial support
- 3,700 girls received Adolescent Girls Personal Care kits to support their wellbeing through women-led organisations
UNICEF moved 511 trucks into the Gaza Strip between 21 October and 15 February. Priority items include:
- WASH sanitation/consumables (hygiene kits, dignity kits, chlorination tablets etc)
- winter clothing and winter materials
- Shelter (tarpaulin)
- health supplies (including vaccines)
If you’re in the UK and would prefer to make a donation by phone, you can call our dedicated donation line: 0300 330 5699.
You can send in your cheque, made payable to UNICEF UK, to the Donations Team, UNICEF UK, 1 Westfield Avenue, Stratford, London E20 1HZ. Please include a covering letter with your name and address details.
You can help us reach more children affected by the crisis. Please donate today and help us protect children in Gaza and the wider State of Palestine.
For the first 6 months, monthly donations made to this appeal will go towards funding our work to support children in Gaza and the wider State of Palestine. After that, donations will go to support our work around the world. In the unlikely event that the funds raised exceed what’s needed for the appeal, we will direct any excess funds to support our work to help keep children safe and healthy around the world.