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Palestinians Living In The Gaza Strip Are Dying From Contaminated Water


by Andrew Ciccone October 18, 2018

Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip are facing a growing water shortage and contaminated drinking water crisis. The main water supply, a coastal aquifer is over pumped. Nearly 90 percent of Gaza’s main water supply is unfit for drinking, and unsuitable even for agricultural use.  

Untreated sewage has infiltrated Gaza's groundwater, contaminating the water supply. The quantity of water accessible to Palestinians in Gaza is far below the minimum standards recommended by the World Health Organization. A recent United Nations report predicts that the over pumping to the coastal aquifer will result in irreversible damage to the water supply by 2020.

As the crisis continues more than two-thirds of the Gaza refugee camps and neighborhoods rely on unregulated desalination water which is largely contaminated. Only a fraction of the drinking water is safe, over 90% is unfit for consumption.

Matters are getting worse, children are dying. The West Bank sits on a Mountain Aquifer which is controlled by Israel. The aquifer could alleviate Gaza’s crisis, but there seems to be no interest in solving this tragedy.


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Funding for humanitarian activities in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) is at an all-time low. As of September of this year, the Rural Women’s Development Society initiated a project aimed at providing Palestinian farmers in Gaza with solar alternatives to operate irrigation wells and pumping systems.

Israel’s political stance has only worsened, there is no real solution to the crisis in Gaza.  The longstanding shortage of adequate sanitation of Gaza’s infrastructure has resulted in the discharge of 100-108 million litres of poorly treated sewage into the sea every day. This situation poses serious health and environmental hazards. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that the water-related diseases are estimated to account for over one-fourth of illnesses and are the primary cause of child morbidity in the Gaza Strip.

The Trump administration is withholding millions of dollars in aid for the deepening humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip. And the United States has also withheld $300 million to the United Nations agency that cares for Palestinian refugees.

No one should be deprived of water, no matter what. Take a stand for the people of Gaza. Lack of clean, potable drinking water is a right. Together we can change the world. Do what you can, help build a better world that affords clean drinking water for all.

Change happens when we all stand together. Be the change that you wish to see in the world.

 




Andrew Ciccone
Andrew Ciccone

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Andrew Ciccone, VP Branding & Media Strategy - Andrew's long strange marketing trip began after graduating from Syracuse University with a BS in Marketing. Andrew then developed his marketing prowess when he moved to Madison Avenue big boys Young & Rubicam, Backer Spielvogel, and Grey Advertising. He went on to get a Masters in Corporate Communications from Baruch College, then went on to start his own agency in 2011 - Hudson Valley Public Relations. Andrew has earned a reputation for creative, smart, innovative campaigns that get results. Andrew's spare time is devoted to sailing regattas, family fun and film. To date he has penned four screenplays.



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