The Palestinian woman in Gaza shares donations by cooking food for hungry neighbors

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The Palestinian woman Samira Abu Amra distributed food in the al-Zaitoun neighborhood in the east of Gaza City on February 8, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)


Palestinian children wait for charity dinners in the al-Zaitoun neighborhood in east Gaza City on February 8, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)

The Palestinian Samira Abu Amra cooks food for poor locals in the al-Zaitoun district in the east of Gaza City on February 8, 2021.  (Photo: Xinhua)

The Palestinian Samira Abu Amra cooks food for poor locals in the al-Zaitoun district in the east of Gaza City on February 8, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)

The Palestinian woman Samira Abu Amra distributed food in the al-Zaitoun neighborhood in the east of Gaza City on February 8, 2021.  (Photo: Xinhua)

The Palestinian woman Samira Abu Amra distributed food in the al-Zaitoun neighborhood in the east of Gaza City on February 8, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)

Samira Abu Amra, a Palestinian woman from the al-Zaitoun neighborhood in eastern Gaza, cooks a huge amount of food twice a week for the needy neighboring families.

She got the idea after a benefactor from Kuwait donated some money to her that she wanted to share with the neighbors by providing them with free food.

“The people here rarely eat meat because they can’t afford it, so I try to spoil them with delicious meals,” said the 48-year-old woman while holding a large spoon and stirring a potato soup.

Thousands of needy families live in Gaza who lack the basic necessities of life such as food, clothing and housing.

Dozens of children queue up in front of Amra’s house on Mondays and Thursdays to enjoy her dishes.

Mohammed Ahmed, 12, grinned from ear to ear as it was his turn to get the ration for his family of 10.

“My father doesn’t work and we don’t have the money to buy meat,” the boy told Xinhua.

“We live in a forgotten area. Nobody remembers us here. Only Samira. She is a poor woman and knows our feelings,” said Ahmed.

“I’m happy when I see the smiles on the children’s faces when they take their food,” said Amra, adding that she knows “how it hurts when you can’t find food.”

As one of the most densely populated areas in the world, the Gaza Strip has been under a severe Israeli blockade since the summer of 2007 when Hamas forcibly seized the Palestinian coastal enclave from forces loyal to the Palestinian Authority.

Dozens of children queue up in front of Amra’s house on Mondays and Thursdays to enjoy her dishes.

Mohammed Ahmed, 12, grinned from ear to ear as it was his turn to get the ration for his family of 10.

“My father doesn’t work and we don’t have the money to buy meat,” the boy told Xinhua.

“We live in a forgotten area. Nobody remembers us here. Only Samira. She is a poor woman and knows our feelings,” said Ahmed.

“I’m happy when I see the smiles on the children’s faces when they take their food,” said Amra, adding that she knows “how it hurts when you can’t find food.”

As one of the most densely populated areas in the world, the Gaza Strip has been under a severe Israeli blockade since the summer of 2007 when Hamas forcibly seized the Palestinian coastal enclave from forces loyal to the Palestinian Authority.

According to official Palestinian statistics and the World Bank, the unemployment rate in Gaza, which had reached 46 percent in early 2020, is among the highest in the world.

In addition, the poverty rate and the extreme poverty rate in Gaza rose to 53 percent and 33.8 percent, respectively, according to the latest statistics from the Palestinian Central Statistical Office.