Embrace patron speaks in the House of Lords on the plight of Palestinian children

Tragically, after tremendous progress in improving maternal and child health, reports are showing that infant mortality rate in Gaza has increased for the first time in over 50 years.

The threat to a newborn child is most acute in the earliest days of a child’s life; the number of children dying within a month of being born in Gaza has increased by almost 70%.[1]

Our patron, the Bishop of Southwark, Christopher Chessun spoke passionately in a House of Lords debate on the conditions in which Palestinian children live, the causes of those conditions and the impact on their health and wellbeing. You can read his speech in which he drew attention to the work of our partners in Gaza and called on the government to take action to both address the symptoms of the blockade of Gaza and to end it.

He ended his speech calling for peace:

‘…we should commend to all parties and model ourselves the way of peace; of building bridges, not walls; of encouraging the peoples of Israel and Palestine to build up and not tear down; of providing a love strong enough to break down accumulated resentments, and providing practical support for those who even in desperate straits would not forget the law of hospitality were they to greet us. Above all, let us not forget the children, for Jesus never did.’

Embrace funded well baby and mobile clinics provide healthcare for the poorest, most vulnerable families in Gaza. Teams of doctors and nurses travel into refugee camps and identify expectant mothers and children whose lives are at risk. They take them into their care, treat and monitor them for conditions like anaemia and malnutrition which shouldn't be nearly as common as they are.

You can support our Christian partner's vital work in healthcare by giving today to our Gaza appeal.

Click to read the transcript of the entire debate at Hansard.

[1] van den Berg MM, Madi HH, Khader A, Hababeh M, Zeidan W, Wesley H, et al. (2015) Increasing Neonatal Mortality among Palestine Refugees in the Gaza Strip. PLoS ONE 10(8): e0135092. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0135092