Gaza – Rebuilding Lives

Eight months after the war in Gaza, hundreds of thousands of Palestinian children remain in desperate need of psychosocial counselling to overcome their trauma.

On July 8th, 2014, Israel launched its third and most devastating air, ground and naval assault on the Gaza Strip in six years. The intensity of the attack left over 15,000 homes in Gaza either destroyed or damaged, displacing tens of thousands of people.

According to the UN, 2,200 Palestinians were killed, the majority of them civilians. 551 of them were children. Six Israeli civilians including one child and 67 IDF soldiers died.

In the past eight months, no significant reconstruction has taken place with many families still trying to survive without electricity or water in the bombed out shells of their homes. Basic infrastructure, such as water and health care, was already at breaking point due to the eight year long blockade.

It’s within this environment that a generation of traumatised children are being treated by an over stretched and exhausted group of psychologists.

Pictures and Video shot on assignment for Act for Peace Gaza appeal.