A PHILOS PROJECT INITIATIVE

GAZA EXODUS

Christians have been living in the Holy Land since the time of Jesus. But today, especially in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian Christians are suffering and disappearing due to dire humanitarian circumstances and radical Islamist ideology popularized after the Hamas takeover in 2007. With less than 1,000 Christians left in Gaza, many are seeking a new home in the West Bank. Due to geopolitical constraints, only a few have made it out while leaving the rest of their families behind. The Philos Project is here to help.

 

For Christmas of 2019, with the help of our Palestinian Christian Advocacy Fellow Khalil Sayegh, The Philos Project raised $20,000 USD to reunite and support the relocation, moving and temporary living expenses of four different Gazan Christian families who were separated by these unfortunate realities on the ground. With your help, we were able to bring these families together and change their lives forever. 

 

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MEET THE FAMILIES

Due to the sensitivity of the issue at hand and safety concerns, the names of the families will remain undisclosed.

Here are their stories.

A.S. Family

A Christian family of six was split after three of the A.S. children found a new life in the West Bank. The son of the A.S. family now lives in Bethlehem, working long hours and longing for the day when he and his family can be reunited again.  

 

M.A family:  

The M.A. family, a Christian family of four, was separated when the two sons moved to the West Bank. One of the sons, now married and expecting a child, states that he could never have imagined raising his kids in Gaza. However, the parents of the M.A. family are still in Gaza and are not allowed to see their children in the West Bank. They hope for the family’s reunion.   

W.S Family: 

The W.S. family of four was separated when the son and daughter sought freedom in the West Bank. Their parents are still stuck in Gaza and long to move to the West Bank to be reunited. 

 

A.Z. Family: 

After facing harassment, the family of four began realizing the danger of remaining in Gaza. The father, who wasn't granted permission to leave, encouraged his wife and children, Eli, 19 years old, and Elyana, 20 years old, to leave as he feared that they would be harmed. Elyana had to leave her studies at Al Azhar university in Gaza, and the mother had to leave her job. Once in the West Bank, a Christian family offered them a place to stay, and now they are working long hours to start a new life. With our help, Eylana can go back to school and continue her studies, and Eli can get training as a car mechanic.  

 

Getting Involved

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BECOME A PHILOS ACTION PARTNER

The best way to help is to become a Philos Action Partner by giving to the Philos Action Fund. All donations through this fund are tax-deductible and every dollar goes directly to Gaza Exodus.

 

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behind the project:

KHALIL SAYEGH