I am Mustafa D. Batnain, 26 years old, a Palestinian citizen based in Gaza, I studied the English Language at the university for four years in order to tell the people around the world about our suffering in Gaza. I am the eldest among my siblings. for sorry, I suffer from a severe disease whom my doctors called “Rheumatoid arthritis of the spine” which causes an extreme pain in my body. Honestly, I believe that each family in Gaza has its own tragic story and this is ours:
We live in abject poverty due to the Israeli siege which has been imposed on Gaza for about 12 years. My family home is in danger of collapse because of Israeli bombardment and I need to be able to cement the bricks to stop them falling out. I want to see my family safe and warm this winter. My grandfather and parents are elderly and in poor health and I am the only provider for the family. Any contribution you can donate will help my family to stay safe and warm.
I myself, just like thousands of ambitious youngsters in Gaza, try hard to find a job, but the unemployment rate here is very high. Therefore, I could not find an appropriate job to guarantee a better future for me and my family.
I could mention this, "I support my family" and "I work 12 hours daily and I get a small amount of money".
My family consists of 11 members. We all live a 60 km2 house. My three aunts live in the same house as well. My grandmother lives on the ground floor. My uncle’s family live in the next room on the same floor. Our bathroom and kitchen are used by both families. Not to mention the extremely expensive treatment of our family members.
I write to you from the tragic circumstances of our unbearable reality, begging to consider with your humanity and sympathy. You are our only hope. We knocked at many doors, beginning with the government, UNRWA, municipality, Civil Defense, but none have worked.
Our life is unbearable. We are desperate. No ONE should ever experience our horrible life. We barely able to cover the fees of drink and food. All we ASK for is a SAFE house.
We appealed to several governmental and local organisations, even NGOs, to consider my family’s poor condition. We have got several field surveys for our house after being checked by these organisations. The last one was from the Commissioner of UNRWA in the Gaza Strip. The committee decided that we are in dire need of providing a helping hand to build a new house and we were ranked first on their list. The house is collapsing. The walls and ceiling blocks and concrete are falling down to the extent that my uncle and his family has escaped. Despite extreme danger, we stayed as we have no alternatives. They even fall from the upper floor on our neighbors. One day a child was passing by and a stone has fallen down on his bag. We usually hear their sounds falling on the street.
I appreciate the help I have already received from you xx.
Help me be able to marry the person I've waited all my life and be in a warm and safe house.
We appeal to you to support us. We would appreciate even a contribution of 1$!