by Morley Evans
Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar. This year Ramadan is celebrated between Friday 26 May until Saturday 24 June. As a period of sincere confession and repentance, Ramadan is equivalent to Lent on the Christian calendar.
While fasting from dawn until sunset, Muslims refrain from consuming food, drinking liquids, smoking, and engaging in sexual relations. Muslims are also instructed to abstain from sinful behaviour that may negate the reward of fasting such as false speech (insulting, backbiting, cursing, lying, etc.) and fighting except in self-defense. Food and drinks are served daily, before dawn and after sunset referred to as Suhoor and Iftar respectively. Spiritual rewards (thawab) for fasting are also believed to be multiplied within the month of Ramadan. Fasting for Muslims during Ramadan typically includes the increased offering of salat (prayers), recitation of the Quran and an increase of doing good deeds and charity.
Unfortunately, the hardships Palestinians endure will be unrelieved. They are trapped in the West Bank and in Gaza by the sadists of the state that dares to call itself "Israel" and by their Islamic brethren who for various reasons ignore their plight. While the self-proclaimed "leader of the free world" annually subsidises the Israeli war machine with billions of dollars, Washington looks the other way as Israelis steal more land, and torture and kill more Palestinians. The U.S.A. presides over this farce that it calls the "peace process" which is a slow forced-march to death. Washington gives Israel the money to do it. KinderUSA does what it can to help the people of Palestine who have few friends. I urge you to join me in assisting them. I want you to understand that what is being done to the people of Palestine is being planned for you. And I'm not kidding.
As Ramadan approaches, KinderUSA is asking you to stand with the children of Gaza. The situation is getting worse by the minute with many of our beneficiaries telling us that have never experienced it this bad. Gaza sits in darkness, both literally and figuratively, over 20 hours a day which affects all aspects of life and death.
Already lacking clean water (of which less than 4% is drinkable), medicines (cancer treatment is essentially non-existent), and building materials that could repair the infrastructure of water and sanitation, the vast majority of the Gaza’s residents are prevented from departing, leaving them feeling trapped and desperate.
When we asked our KinderUSA Country Coordinator to share her own life experience living with 3-4 hours of electricity, her main concerns were for the children unable to study for exams, the lack of internet, heat without fans, and refrigeration for food storage. When asked about the beneficiaries, she said, “They told us they have been living without electricity since 2014. Their refrigerator is used for storage, not to refrigerate. We believe we are suffering, then we look to our beneficiaries!”
Entering the 11th year of the blockade, life is intolerable for all its citizens. The sanitation crisis is escalating dangerously with children suffering from skin rash and diarrhoea, increases in kidney problems, and raw sewage being dumped into the sea preventing the one summertime activity children enjoy the most, swimming. Without change soon, the UN’s prediction that Gaza will become inhabitable by 2020 will be a reality.
"While we cannot comprehend this cruel punishment of the people of Gaza," said KinderUSA Chair, Dr Laila Al-Marayati, "we must redouble our efforts to help them survive. The future is bleaker than ever, but their faith and hope must not be extinguished."
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