EL FAOKHARI, GAZA STRIP
2 months ago: EL FAOKHARI, GAZA STRIP – NOVEMBER 4: A young Palestinian boy helps pick zuccini in the Abu Toama family’s fields east of Khan Younis, where a solitary fig tree has survived repeated Israeli incursions November 4, 2008 in El Faokhari in the southern Gaza Strip. According to the United Nations, the humanitarian crisis in this crowded territory has worsened to its lowest point since Israel imposed a blockade on the Hamas-controlled Palestinian territory last year. In an attempt to help some of Gaza’s poorest, the humanitarian aid agency CARE International runs a fresh food project funded by the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO) which also guarantees Palestinian farmers income for their crops. Each week CARE buys one third of the Abu Toama’s and other farmers’ produce at market price or better, and then packages it into family portions of five basic vegetables for needy recipients, often providing them with their only source of fresh food.