UN Official says Gaza experiencing "unprecedented brutal conditions"

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NEW YORK – The regional director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for the Arab States, Laila Baker, said she couldn't find the right words to describe the "catastrophic situation in Gaza and the complete loss of humanity." She added that Gaza is going through "unprecedented brutality unparalleled in recent human history" and that "2.2 million people, including 50,000 pregnant women, 5,500 of whom are about to give birth, have been trapped in Gaza for a month."اضافة اعلان

According to Al Mamlaka, Baker expressed her concern about "the targeting of hospitals and medical staff," stating that these actions worsen the situation for pregnant women. The UNFPA team on the ground is doing everything in its power to support pregnant women with modest assistance that can "make a difference between life and death."

The UN official also warned of the plight of girls in overcrowded shelters for displaced people, which lack privacy. She said, "I can't imagine how a 12- or 14-year-old girl deals with this situation. Sometimes, due to the lack of water, bathrooms, or necessary items for these girls, parents have started giving their daughters some form of grain to stop menstruation. This disruption of a natural process in a girl's body can affect her normal life and have lasting psychological effects."

She emphasized that "when we talk about the delivery of humanitarian resources, it's not just about the material aspect; it's about human dignity that we must preserve. To maintain this dignity, it's essential for authorities to push for a ceasefire, allowing people to return to their homes so that this young girl can live with her family in her house with access to water, education, and health, ensuring she can protect herself and grow up in peace."

Baker underlined that "the most crucial thing now is to stop the ceasefire and not only allow the entry of aid but also the rebuilding of Gaza, assisting the people in staying safely in their homes without fear."

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