Israel's siege on Gaza impacts water & sanitation
MECA staff in Gaza continue to ensure that children have access to safe, clean water through the installation of water purification units at schools and kindergartens.
While we continue our efforts to build and maintain these water purification units, we believe it's vital to address the root causes of Gaza's water crisis.
As the Gaza blockade enters its tenth year in June 2016, Gaza keeps Thirsting for Justice. Join a campaign launched by MECA and other international and Palestinian organizations to demand that the blockade is lifted, and the items needed to recover and develop the wrecked water and sanitation sector stop being held hostage of Israel’s siege and its related policies.
As part of its blockade on Gaza, Israel imposes severe restrictions on the entry into the Strip of what it classifies as “dual-use” materials. Those include 70 percent of the items urgently needed to recover, maintain and develop the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector. By obstructing the import of such vital materials, the Israeli government has crippled the Strip’s ability to treat sewage or maintain a functioning water network. As a direct result of this, Gaza’s only source of fresh water, the Coastal Aquifer, is almost totally unfit for human consumption with high level of nitrates and chlorides. We need to take action, and we need to do it now.
Please click the link below to sign a letter to your representatives urging Israel to lift the blockade immediately, and remove WASH materials from the dual-use list.
Student near Rafah drinks clean water
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