Saturday, October 7, 2023 is a day that will forever live in infamy in the hearts and minds of the people of the Holy Land. Since we first wrote to you with an emergency appeal from the front lines of war in Gaza by Ahli Hospital Director Suhaila Tarazi, the situation has deteriorated significantly. The humanitarian crisis is dire, and the casualties among the 2.3 million civilian Gazans caught in the crossfire is increasing exponentially. According to the Ministry of Health at the time of this writing, almost 1,000 are dead, 260 of them children, and thousands are injured as a result of the relentless bombardment on Gaza’s crowded enclave.
Our sincere gratitude goes out to each and every supporter who has made a donation in the wake of this recent conflict between Hamas and Israel thus far – your generosity has been a critical lifeline for Ahli Arab Hospital during these perilous times. In partnership with our dedicated supporter base, we’ve raised over $150,000 for Ahli Hospital since this violence began. Your contributions are making a vital difference in Ahli’s ability to respond to this senseless violence – thank you.
Suhaila has remained in communication with AFEDJ, and continues to give us heartbreaking updates as she is able. At the time of this writing, she has shared with AFEDJ that the situation is horrific, and changing hour by hour. There is no water, no electricity, no food, no fuel reserves, and no safe place to shelter. The heavy shelling since the weekend in Gaza has forced over 125,000 inhabitants to flee their homes, using the United Nations Relief and Work Agency’s (UNRWA) schools as a shelter. Unfortunately, three staff members of Ahli Hospital have thus far lost their homes completely during the bombardment of the Al Rimal area – among them, Ahli’s Medical Director, Dr. Maher Ayyad. Thankfully, they were at the hospital saving the lives of the injured, and not in their residences at the time of the air strikes.
“At this stage, our only hope is in God for a miracle in the midst of this scenery of death.” -Suhaila Tarazi, Director of Ahli Hospital
Ahli’s doctors and nurses are working non-stop, persevering in impossible conditions to serve the casualties of war: those maimed, burned, and injured. They’ve had to appoint extra staff (doctors, nurses, and technicians), open many more beds, and increase ICU capacity. The ongoing crisis demands Ahli’s critical attention and your generous support, as all patients during war are treated at no cost to them. Humanitarian first, Christian-led Ahli Hospital treats all people regardless of gender, race, or religion.
Please give generously in support of this important humanitarian mission and help Ahli Hospital continue to keep their doors open 24/7 in response to this horrific humanitarian crisis. Your generosity embodies the spirit of compassion and solidarity, demonstrating that even in times of strife, humanity’s collective desire for peace and well-being shines brightly. Donations of any amount allow Ahli Hospital to extend their capacity to treat as many people as they can throughout this crisis. Through your generous support of Ahli Arab Hospital, you join AFEDJ in a vital partnership, helping Ahli save lives during these perilous times.