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Yaser Dia Al-Attar;
Ali Tamim Al-Attar;
Khaled Abu Sharek;
Date photo taken
09 July 2021
Country of origin
Photo courtesy of Al Najd
Mohamed Al-Attar (right in blue) lost his wife and children and his home during the violence in Gaza in May 2021. Rifqa Hamalwai (far left) and Khaled Abu Sharek (centre back), staff members from MCC’s local partner Al Najd, visited Mohamed and his nephews, Yaser Dia Al Attar (bottom left) and Ali Tamim Al Attar (back left).
All local COVID-19 protocols were followed in this photo.
Staff from MCC partner in Gaza, Al Najd Development Forum, visited Mohamed Al-Attar (far right). When Al-Attar’s home was destroyed in the May 2021 Israeli bombardment, he lost his wife and three children.
“We have become refugees in our own country,” Al-Attar says. “Me and many people like me have lost their families, children and parents during this conflict… and even the ones who survived are suffering over the things they have lost. They have no place to be.” Since the bombardment, Al-Attar has been able to continue in his teaching position, but he is now trying to support his brothers’ families as well.
MCC is responding to the crisis providing emergency food, hygiene items and psychosocial support. Four hundred fifteen families will receive either monthly food packages or vouchers through MCC’s local partners Al Najd Development Forum and Culture and Free Thought Association (CFTA). Two hundred fifteen families will also receive hygiene supplies. And 400 children will receive mental health support to help them deal with the trauma of the experience.