The recent hostilities made matters worse, as the disruption of the power infrastructure affected more than 700,000 people in Gaza.
As the night falls on Gaza, it imposes its dark siege on the residents of the Strip, who depend on two sources of energy: the Gaza power plant, and energy purchased from Israel.
But the majority of the population, 80% of whom depend on humanitarian aid, cannot afford any additional expenses, and therefore spend most of their time without electricity.
PHOTO CREDIT: SAMAR ABOU EL-OUF
This is what people in Gaza hear during their day..
When all lights are out, candles and kerosene become a common but dangerous source of light. One of them changed Youssef’s life forever.
Electricity is not the only unreliable service in Gaza. It is a foundation upon which other services depend, such as water supply, water treatment, and health services.
All these systems are interconnected. One fails, others begin to fail as well.
Many of us take electricity for granted.
But not the people in Gaza.
Given the long-running conflict with Israel, Gaza faces regular shocks to its systems, disrupting their ability to provide services to Gazan communities. These shocks can lead to Gazans getting even less electricity than they currently receive and exacerbate the already dire situation.
On top of the daily challenges, the lack of electricity profoundly impacts people’s everyday life, health and mental wellbeing.
According to a recent ICRC study.
Towards a solution:
The latest escalation has further damaged water, wastewater and electricity networks. The Gaza Resilience Program ensures that hostilities do not prevent people’s access to critical and essential services such as continued functioning of hospital electricity, reduced interruption of water supply, and minimizing electricity waste through improved management of electricity distribution.