power outage,” she says. “So Jumana, on the fourth floor of the hospital, in pain after giving birth and with her newborn in her arms, had to walk down several flights of stairs to get to the exit.”
Once out of the hospital, she was faced with trying to get transport back to the place where she and her daughter were staying. The taxi drivers were afraid, and ambulances were too busy to assist her. Jumana’s journey back home was difficult and filled with anxiety.
The story of Jumana Emad highlights the challenges faced by pregnant women in Gaza during times of conflict. The constant shelling, power outages, and lack of basic supplies make giving birth a terrifying and dangerous experience. The overwhelmed hospitals struggle to provide adequate care and support for the thousands of pregnant women in Gaza.
The United Nations Population Fund estimates that there are approximately 50,000 pregnant women in Gaza, with 5,500 of them expected to give birth in the next 30 days. These women are in urgent need of medical assistance, but the hospitals are running out of medicine and supplies.
Jumana’s experience is not unique. Many pregnant women in Gaza are living in fear and uncertainty, not knowing if they will be able to safely deliver their babies. The ongoing conflict and the resulting humanitarian crisis have made an already challenging situation even more difficult.
As EcoReporters, it is important for us to shed light on the environmental and humanitarian issues that arise during conflicts. The impact of the conflict on the health and well-being of pregnant women in Gaza is a critical issue that needs attention. The international community must come together to ensure that these women receive the necessary medical care and support they need to safely give birth.
By sharing Jumana’s story, we hope to raise awareness about the challenges faced by pregnant women in Gaza and encourage action to address their needs. It is crucial that we prioritize the health and well-being of all individuals, regardless of their circumstances, especially during times of crisis.