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31 July, 2014 - 06:49 By News Desk

Cambridge business steps into Gaza hell

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CBM, the Cambridge UK business specialising in disability charity overseas, has waded into the living hell of war-torn Gaza.

It is providing emergency relief to people with disabilities affected by the ongoing violence in the Gaza Strip. 

The people of Gaza are living under the threat of violence and death due to the escalation of cross-border violence. Of the 1.8 million people living in the Gaza Strip, the World Health Organisation estimates that around 15 per cent have some form of disability – which is why CBM has stepped in. 

CBM, in partnership with Dan Church Aid (DCA) and the Jabalia Rehabilitation Society, and in close cooperation with UNOCHA is working to hand out essential  food and family packs of relief items including buckets, kitchen utensils and blankets to over 3,000 families with disabilities across the Gaza Strip. 

The number of children dying has risen by more than 40 per cent since the conflict began and over 215,000 people in Gaza have been displaced, leaving many people with disabilities homeless and unable to access basic services

 It is estimated that for every child killed as a result of violent conflict, three are injured and permanently impaired.  

Kirsty Smith, CBM UK CEO said: “Our priority is to identify and ensure that people with disabilities are fully included in all emergency response efforts and have access to vital medical and rehabilitation services. We will remain diligent and continue to monitor the affected areas of Palestine to support, plan and develop long-term programmes for people with disabilities.”

Omar M Al, Programme Manager for Dan Church Aid in Gaza added: “Since July 29, we have been receiving warnings from Israel to evacuate and go to Gaza city where there have been severe bombings.

“The only power plant in Gaza caught fire as Israel carried out 60 air strikes, killing at least 60 Palestinians  It is a very frightening and fragile situation. Israel has warned for a prolonged conflict ahead.

“Thankfully we are all ok. Our priority is to continue to reach out to people with disabilities who need our help.”

• To donate or help in any way in CBM’s efforts in several crisis-torn regions visit www.cbmuk.org.uk

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