parental worries in poverty


“How do I explain to my children why we can’t buy them the clothes they need for school?”

Aside from the pressing needs of food, heating in colder months, and daily necessities, the families I meet share the same worries that any parent anywhere has regarding their children: their safety, their education and future, but also their childhood and the things that go with it.

The Mattah family in Beit Lahia, Gaza’s north, are in the same situation as the families which make up the over 40% unemployment, over 80% extreme poverty, rates.

If he could, Amir, the father, would invest in a small coffee stand, to earn their daily needs.  But without a means of taking a loan to buy the stand, his dream remains obscure, and his unemployment steady.

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