One year ago, the war on Gaza was launched – the third war in just a span of six years. When the war started, given that it was during the holy month of Ramadan, everyone expected that the fighting would be short, similar to the second Gaza war in 2012 which lasted for only 8 days; no one imagined that the war would last for 51 days. During the war, we were in daily contact with our local partners in Gaza, in order to follow the situation more closely as well as express our solidarity with our partners – even from a distance – so that they knew that they were not forgotten. As the conversations became very desperate with each passing day, it became clear that nowhere was safe and that this war was different, not only the length of time but also the vast amount of destruction and the number of casualties. Pontifical Mission for Palestine (PMP) conducted a rapid needs assessment and devised an emergency intervention that aimed to provide the necessary support for the people of Gaza. Soon after, the PMP invited a representative group consisting of Catholic Aid organizations: Catholic Relief Services, Caritas Jerusalem, the German Association of the Holy Land and the Latin Patriarchate to meet on a weekly basis to better coordinate all humanitarian aid and relief efforts. At a later stage, members of the ACT Alliance also joined this collaboration, which maximized emergency aid and relief for the people of Gaza.

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