Angels in Gaza
Palestinians participate in the Eid Al-Fitr prayers Muslims celebrate the festival of Eid al-Fitr
which marks the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, in Gaza .
No one is left alone
Many Muslims traditionally buy new clothes for their children to wear on Eid. The popular market seeks to provide new clothes and other supplies for Eid, free of charge, to more than 300 of Gaza City’s poorest families. The market also gives discounts to other Gaza families with limited income. Umm Omar went to the market at noon, braving the heat during the final days of the Ramadan fast, to make sure her children had new clothes, like their peers. She has no income and relies on social assistance.
As Haitham Kabaja, president of al-Anwar, says, the market had been established to alleviate the suffering of the people of Gaza, who have been struggling to cope under the nine-year blockade imposed by Israel. The blockade has crippled much of life in the coastal enclave, forcing hundreds of families into poverty and unemployment.
The market, which has been set up for the second year in a row, is possible due to the generous contributions of philanthropic merchants supplying items at discounted break-even prices. The people in charge of the market sell the goods at a negligible profit. The market has also helped provide temporary jobs to around 40 young people.
excerpt from Al-Araby