Desperate Gaza man ‘ready to sell daughter’

Ma’an news agency | (updated) 17/10/2013 19:59

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Palestinian man from Gaza says he will be forced to offer his 6-year-old daughter for “sale” if he does not receive aid from the government, NGOs, or charitable individuals.

Hani al-Hadidi, 33, a construction worker from Gaza’s al-Shajaiya neighborhood, says he is struggling to provide for his wife and five children. Three of his children are in need of surgery, he says, and he cannot afford medical bills on top of the everyday costs of living.

“I swear by almighty God that we have had only bread and salt for breakfast for several months,” al-Hadidi’s wife told Ma’an.

Al-Hadidi said he would have to sell his daughter, Nahla, in order to make life better for the rest of his family.

“No one dares to sell his children, but the hard situation we live in has forced me to make such a decision.”

Before coming to this ultimatum, al-Hadidi said that he approached several local charitable organizations in Gaza to ask for help, but that none of them granted his request.

He called on the government, NGOs, and charitable individuals to donate money to help provide a better life for his family.

The Gaza Strip has been under a severe economic blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt since 2007.

The blockade has severely limited the imports and exports of the Gaza Strip and has led to frequent humanitarian crises and hardship for Palestinians.


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