Decades of political instability have stifled economic development across Palestine. The vast majority of Palestinians, living inside the territories and living as refugees in neighboring regions, depend on international aid for survival. According to the World Food Program, well over 1 million people in Palestine are food insecure, including nearly half of the population of the Gaza Strip. Food expenses can easily consume more than half of an impoverished family’s budget. And work options are extremely limited: Unemployment is close to 20% in the West Bank and a devastating 42% in Gaza.
THE RESURGENCE OF VIOLENCE
A resurgence of violence in Gaza has left dozens dead and thousands injured. Rahma is working quickly to send food aid to those in need. As of 2018, over 90% of drinking water has been contaminated due to a lack of proper filtration systems. Currently, youth unemployment ranks in the highest in the world at 58% putting many at risk of never achieving self-sustainability. Recent violence has claimed the lives of over 60 Palestinians.