Thursday, 29 April 2010
On May 15th, an international flotilla of cargo and passenger ships will depart from various European ports and set sail for Gaza. 3 cargo ships will carry over 5,000 tonnes of medical and building supplies, and 5 passenger boats will carry over 600 people.
This flotilla is been led by the IHH charity from Turkey, and is supported by many groups worldwide, including the Free Gaza Movement, Free Palestine Movement, European Campaign to End the Siege of Gaza and the Greek and Swedish Boat to Gaza groups amongst others.
In January of this year, IHH was an integral partner with Viva Palestina on the convoy to Gaza, where 500 people in over 200 vehicles successfully broke the siege on Gaza and delivered essential humanitarian aid.
The siege imposed on Gaza is now in it's 4th year. It has created a humanitarian crisis that has left the entire population without sufficient food, water, medicine, electricity, building supplies, clothes, toys, and freedom of movement.
1.5 million people, over half of whom are children, suffer directly because of this siege.
Since the attacks on Gaza last year that left over 1,400 people dead, and 50,000 people homeless, no building supplies have been allowed to enter Gaza. 15 months on, people still live in tents and temporary shelter, unable to rebuild their homes. Among others Viva Palestina will be taking part in this flotilla which will be bringing much needed humanitarian aid, and attempting to break the siege once more.
You can help by donating £5 to Viva Palestina for a bag of cement which will be bought in Turkey and loaded for GAZA there. Simply click on the DONATE button on the left.
Photo: The MV Rachel Corrie in Dundalk