Over 95 Percent of Gaza Water Unfit for Human Consumption
According to the World Health Organization, United Nations officials, and local experts, as much as 97 percent of the drinking water in Gaza is unfit for human consumption, due to high levels of salinity and pollution from untreated sewage. Many residents are forced to purchase drinking water at six times the normal price of water. Excessive pumping of groundwater has led to a sharp rise in chloride levels in tap water, while an ongoing electricity shortage has affected the operation of wells and sewage treatment plants.
God, we lift in prayer the people in Gaza, beloved by you, created in your image, who cannot meet their basic need for water because of unjust policies and dehumanizing systems. We pray for peace in Israel and Palestine—and we are mindful that this requires justice, an end to the powerful policies that have created such oppression, and a way forward that protects the dignity of all the people of the region. For this we pray, Lord.