Gaza 2009

Disaster Relief in Gaza

January 2009 – March 2009

  • At the end of December 2008, Israel launched a full scale air and ground assault on Gaza, leaving over a thousand dead, hundreds injured and severe damage to housing and infrastructure.
  • In response, the Gift of the Givers Foundation, together with the Department of Foreign Affairs, supported by the South African Council of Churches, the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference, Cosatu and the ANC Women’s League, prepared a R15 million humanitarian aid mission to assist the people of Gaza, who are suffering intense difficulty in the aftermath of the war.
  • The humanitarian aid mission consisted of:
- 84 tons of aid (sent by a Jumbo 747 aircraft). The aid consisted of medical equipment, medical supplies, medicines, bottled water, food, baby milk, high energy protein supplements, wheelchairs, blankets and generators, as well as a fully-equipped ambulance. The South African aid package was a collective contribution from all the people of South Africa. This was also the largest plane ever used by Gift of the Givers in its 16 years of disaster relief operations

- A 25-member specialist medical team.

The story of Gaza

By Zohra Sooliman, Director: Gift of the Givers Careline Counselling Service

Gaza, a coastal city, was subjected to 23 days of constant bombardment from air, land and sea. The people have endured the impact of a seige for just under two years, depriving them of the most basic needs. The Israeli army deliberately targeted innocent civilians. Not only have they suffered the trauma of losing many
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Photo Gallery - Preparation for the mission

Photo Gallery - Preparation for the mission

Due to the amount of medical supplies, equipment, food and other goods (84 tons) which were to be taken to Gaza, GOTG was given temporary warehousing facilities at A1 Wheel and Tyre in Johannesburg. Here, the staff, along with numerous volunteers, packed, weighed, labelled, checked and moved goods in preparation for the flight to Egypt.

Acknowledgement: The following pictures are published with the

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Photo Gallery - Gaza War

Photo Gallery - Gaza War

The GOTG medical team and the accompanying journalists, witnessed the extent of the desctruction in Gaza following the 22-day war.

Acknowledgement: The following pictures are published with the permission of James Oatway (Sunday Times), Erika Gibson (Beeld), Ugen Vos (The Citizen), Theunis Joubert, Salim Sayed and Ayesha Sooliman who accompanied the GOTG aid mission.

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Photo Gallery - Medical Team

Photo Gallery - Medical Team

A 25-member specialist medical team was an important part of the aid mission. The SA doctors mainly worked at the Al Shifa Hospital that services the majority of the Gazan population. The health system which was already crumbling before the war was overburdened and under resourced. The Palestinian doctors appreciated the high level of expertise the SA doctors offered, not only to the patients but

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Photo Gallery - Warehousing

Photo Gallery - Warehousing

The 84 tons of aid was distributed from seven warehouses in Gaza.

Acknowledgement: The following pictures are published with the permission of James Oatway (Sunday Times), Erika Gibson (Beeld), Ugen Vos (The Citizen), Theunis Joubert, Salim Sayed and Ayesha Sooliman who accompanied the GOTG aid mission.

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Photo Gallery - Thank You Ceremony

Photo Gallery - Thank You Ceremony

Local authorities thanked the GOTG team for all the aid and medical support they provided.


Acknowledgement: The following pictures are published with the permission of James Oatway (Sunday Times), Erika Gibson (Beeld), Ugen Vos (The Citizen), Theunis Joubert, Salim Sayed and Ayesha Sooliman who accompanied the GOTG aid mission.

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Creating Awareness on Gaza

Creating Awareness on Gaza

It is great to announce that we are hosting guests from Palestine who have come to South Africa to create greater awareness about their plight in Gaza. Mr Mohammed Alkhatib, a Physiotherapist, Haneen a 19 year old girl who lost her right leg in the war and is now using a artificial limb, Ayat, an 11 year old girl who was shot in the head and is now semi-paralized and is accompanied by her mother

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Photo Gallery - Arrival

Photo Gallery - Arrival

These pictures were taken at Cairo airport and at Rafah border crossing.  The team used the Rafah border crossing to enter Gaza.

Acknowledgement: The following pictures are published with the permission of James Oatway (Sunday Times), Erika Gibson (Beeld), Ugen Vos (The Citizen), Theunis Joubert, Salim Sayed and Ayesha Sooliman who accompanied the GOTG aid mission.

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Photo Gallery - Life in Gaza

Photo Gallery - Life in GazaAfter war, life carries on.

Acknowledgement: The following pictures are published with the permission of James Oatway (Sunday Times), Erika Gibson (Beeld), Ugen Vos (The Citizen), Theunis Joubert, Salim Sayed and Ayesha Sooliman who accompanied the GOTG aid mission.

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Photo Gallery - Trauma Counselling

Photo Gallery - Trauma CounsellingThe Anguish and Pain of the children of Gaza told through their drawings

by Zohra Sooliman

At such a tender age, the children of Gaza have endured more pain and suffering than we could in several lifetimes. Not only have they endured the impact of an 18 month siege, depriving them of even the most basic necessities. For 23 days they were subjected to constant bombardment from air, land and sea. The

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Photo Gallery - Signing the MOU with Gaza University

Photo Gallery - Signing the MOU with Gaza University

One of the achievements of the GOTG aid mission was the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with Gaza University Medical School for support with scholarships, lecturing, skills transfer, exchange programmes and equipment support.


Acknowledgement: The following pictures are published with the permission of James Oatway (Sunday Times), Erika Gibson (Beeld), Ugen Vos (The Citizen), Theunis

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