The United Nations has said that Gaza could become uninhabitable by 2020, due to the complete economic blockade imposed by Israel. As a result of the blockade, electricity is available, at most, 12 hours per day. Other days, it is only available for four or five hours. Here is a story of how the lack of electricity impacts Gazans.
Amna Ma'arouf is from the northern part of Gaza. The mother of four children says the lack of electricity means that she needs to rush and cook while they still have electricity, then store the food in her neighbor’s refrigerator, as theirs broke down due to the power outages.
MCC photo/Mostafa Al Naffar
“When I get the food back, a lot of it is already ruined,” she says, “because there was no electricity to keep the fridge working.” Food is costly, so she can’t afford to replace it.
The lack of electricity also has a less-obvious impact: her children’s education. The lack of light in the evenings means that the children are often unable to finish their homework. The family relies on candles, but this leads to accidental fires. Two months ago, Ma’arouf says, God saved her family from a fire.
When she was a child, she says, it was not like this. She is frustrated her children must endure the wide-ranging effects of the blockade and urges “the nations of the world to help us Gazans move forward.” With a smile, Ma’arouf says she still dreams that her children will be able to live in a big house one day.
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