Greatest risk of famine in Gaza has not yet arrived, JHCO Secretary General says, 2nd add

He explained that coordinating distribution within the sector requires a large team of local volunteers and workers, in addition to close cooperation with local authorities to ensure aid reaches the neediest areas. This work requires on-the-ground cooperation from international parties (organizations) and a well-organized and well-trained cadre to ensure the effectiveness and continuity of distribution. Ensuring the continuity of this aid flow depends on securing financial and in-kind support and the active participation of the international community.

He highlighted the challenges facing the JHCO’s work, including the reliance on donations and international support to provide aid, and any decline in this support could negatively affect Jordan’s ability to consistently provide aid. Continuous closures and increased security measures at border crossings could also hinder or delay the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza. There are challenges related to providing the necessary logistical resources, which can be complex and costly, and administrative challenges related to coordinating with various international and local organizations, which require significant organizational and administrative efforts to ensure aid reaches those in need. Any disruption in this coordination can negatively affect the effectiveness of relief operations.

He added that multiple crises may pose additional challenges to Jordan, such as local economic crises or natural disasters, increasing pressure on available resources and capacities to assist in Gaza. Addressing these concerns requires careful planning and continuous coordination with international partners and relief organizations to ensure the effective and sustainable delivery of humanitarian support.

He stressed that the greatest risk of famine has not yet arrived. It will become evident to everyone after the war ends, and if we do not take action now and set a precise plan, harsh scenes await us, epidemics will spread, and the demand for the missing hospitals will increase. This humanitarian crisis cannot be compared to any previous crisis in modern times.

Shebli said he expected many challenges and obstacles, as there will be a significant need to rebuild the infrastructure that has been destroyed, as a movement within Gaza depends on establishing new roads, followed by building houses, hospitals and schools, which require enormous efforts and substantial funding necessitating a clear and steadfast international intervention. Also, we will need to provide medical, psychological and social support to residents who have suffered psychological trauma due to the war, especially children and women, requiring specialised treatment services. Additionally, there will be challenges in restoring economic life and providing job opportunities for residents, especially since many businesses and commercial establishments have been destroyed or severely damaged and compensating for the educational loss for students. These obstacles require careful planning and close cooperation with various donor entities and international organisations, along with a commitment to secure grants and funding for this purpose.

//Petra// AF

11/06/2024 23:42:30