“Thousands of innocent people have been caught up in the unfolding crisis in Gaza. They are vulnerable and suffering and need our help in this very difficult time,” said Cathy
Cathy said that she was disappointed that the BBC had chosen not to broadcast the DEC appeal.
“Gaza is where the help is needed. Humanitarian assistance doesn’t take sides – it just recognises need. The destruction in Gaza has left people without homes, children without schooling, and there are shortages of power, food, medicines and water supplies. That is why I am backing this appeal and hope others will do likewise. I have written to local pharmacies seeking their help with medical supplies, and I’m asking people to send in their donations urgently.”
Leading Scottish aid agencies are appealing to the public for urgently needed funds to help ease the desperate plight of people affected by the conflict in Gaza. Donations can be made by calling the 24 hour donation phone line on 0370 60 60 900, visiting http://www.dec.org.uk or at any Oxfam, Red Cross or Save the Children shop. Over 1,300 Palestinians have been killed in the conflict, and many thousands have been injured, overwhelming local hospitals. Agencies that make up the DEC are already delivering life-saving food, water, shelter and emergency medical supplies to those affected, but the scale of the crisis means much more is needed.
Launching the Disasters Emergency Committee Gaza Crisis Appeal in Scotland, Chair Judith Robertson said that the devastation wrought in the Gazan territory was so huge that Scottish aid agencies were compelled to act. She said:
“DEC agencies have a humanitarian mandate. We are not proposing to attempt to rebuild Gaza – that is not our role. But with the public’s support we can help relieve short-term needs. Agencies are already providing food, drugs and blankets as well as delivering clean water. But we will soon reach the limit of what we can do, without more money. For Gazans struggling to survive, receiving urgent humanitarian aid will help them take the first step to recovery.”
Ms. Robertson stressed that DEC aid agencies were non-political.
“We work on the basis of humanitarian need and there is an urgent need in Gaza today. Political solutions are for others to resolve, but what is of major concern to us all is that many innocent people have been affected by the situation – and it is them that we seek to help.”