Web Stories Saturday, February 24

“UNIMAGINABLE CHALLENGES”

One woman, Mashael, was pregnant when her house was hit and her husband buried under the rubble for several days, and her baby stopped moving.

“She says she is sure now, about a month later, that the baby is dead,” Ingram said. But, she added: “She is still waiting for medical care.”

Mashael had told her it was best “a baby isn’t born into this nightmare”, she said.

Ingram also told the story of a nurse named Webda, who said she had performed emergency caesareans on six dead women in the last eight weeks.

“Mothers face unimaginable challenges in accessing adequate medical care, nutrition, and protection before, during and after giving birth,” Ingram said.

“The situation of pregnant women and newborns in the Gaza Strip is beyond belief, and it demands intensified and immediate actions.”

Ingram pointed out that the Emirati Hospital in Rafah was now catering to the vast majority of pregnant women in Gaza.

“Struggling with overcrowded conditions and limited resources, staff are forced to discharge mothers within three hours of a caesarean,” she said.

“These conditions put mothers at risk from miscarriages, stillbirths, preterm labour, maternal mortality and emotional trauma.”

Pregnant and breastfeeding women and infants were living in “inhumane” conditions, including makeshift shelters, with poor nutrition and unsafe water, she said.

This, she warned, was “putting approximately 135,000 children under two at risk of severe malnutrition”.

“Humanity cannot allow this warped version of normal to persist any longer. Mothers and newborns need a humanitarian ceasefire.”

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