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Palestinian families face sunstroke, dreadful conditions after fleeing Rafah

2024-06-14 19:29 Last Updated At:19:37

⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Palestinians forced to leave their homes in Gaza's southern city of Rafah prior to Israel initiating its ground operation in the city are facing immense hardships due to limited access to electricity, water shortages, and the risk of sunstroke.

Earlier in May, Israel called on Palestinians in Rafah to evacuate and head to what it calls an expanded humanitarian area in Al-Mawasi, west of Rafah, as the military was pressing ahead with its plans for a ground attack on the city at that time.

Nearly half a million Palestinians have fled Rafah since then, according to the UN. Many had already been displaced multiple times, but had to pack up and head into uncertainty again.

"They called us and asked us to leave. We fled without taking anything with us. Once we arrived here, they warned us not to stay in the tent as the war zone was dangerous. We walked all the way here without any transport. As we didn't find any vehicles to take us, we had to evacuate on foot. Due to my high blood pressure, the exposure to the sun was extremely uncomfortable for me. I developed a severe headache along the way," said Umm Mahmoud Hani, a displaced Gaza resident.

"We had been staying at home. They utilized loudspeakers to broadcast messages and distributed flyers, urging us to evacuate towards the west, where they said is much safer. So we packed in a hurry. It was difficult to take everything with us, so we just picked some important stuff. Then we arrived here," said Enas Abdel Ghaffar, another resident.

Even after the challenging journey, the displaced families are enduring extremely harsh living conditions at the humanitarian site. "To be honest, life here can hardly be considered living. As you can see, there is no water or electricity. Everything is terrible. The children are exposed to the sun for the whole day. The sun is scorching, and the children have to live in such conditions. It is very hot, especially in the current season. We have to keep driving away flies from the children. Some of them catch a fever, and some even have diarrhea. My youngest son is suffering from both. I think this is because of sunstroke. There is no cover here, and we are exposed to the sun all day," said Ghaffar.

Palestinian families face sunstroke, dreadful conditions after fleeing Rafah

Palestinian families face sunstroke, dreadful conditions after fleeing Rafah

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China makes marked progresses in people-centered reform

2024-07-15 23:18 Last Updated At:07-16 01:27

Since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the CPC Central Committee has led the nation to make marked progresses in comprehensively deepening reforms while adhering to the people-centered approach.

In 2012, China began to advance towards building a moderately prosperous society in all respects. Faced with the people's new expectations for a better life, Xi Jinping, who had just been elected General Secretary of the CPC, made a solemn promise to the people.

"Our people have an ardent love for life. They wish to have better education, more stable jobs, more income, greater social security, better medical and health care, improved housing conditions and a better environment. They want their children to have sound growth, have good jobs and lead a more enjoyable life. To meet their desire for a happy life is our mission," Xi said while leading the Party's new central leadership to meet the press in 2012.

The Third Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee proposed 60 specific tasks and 336 reform measures for comprehensively deepening reform.

For years, Xi has persevered in going deep into the grassroots to observe people's livelihood, learn about people's true living standards, and personally ask what worries and troubles they have in their life and what expectations they have for the future.

"In China's modernization, people's livelihood is the most important thing. What the Communist Party of China wants to do is to make the people live a happier life," Xi said during his inspection tour in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality in April 2024.

The Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core has adhered to promoting reform with the people at the center, and taken improving people's well-being and promoting the all-round development of people as the starting point of reform and development. It has planned and promoted reform based on the overall, fundamental and long-term interests of the people.

"Comprehensively deepening reform is faced with tough tasks. The arduous situation and tasks, the complex contradictions and problems, and the stern risks and challenges are all unprecedented. Reforms should focus on what the people care about and expect. As long as it is conducive to increasing the people's sense of gain, happiness, and security, we will resolutely make breakthroughs and reform, and persistently work hard and do things well in the spirit of 'leaving a mark in the iron tools we clutch and footprints on the stones we tread,'" said Wang Yuqiang, a researcher at the Institute of Party History and Literature of the CPC Central Committee.

Faced with the unprecedented battle to get rid of absolute poverty in human history, a series of reform measures have constituted a complete poverty alleviation system with Chinese characteristics. The CPC Central Committee has established a responsibility system and improved the assessment and evaluation system around the basic strategy of targeted poverty alleviation.

On Nov 23, 2020, Guizhou Province announced that Ziyun and eight other counties had been removed from the list of poverty-stricken counties. From then on, all 98.99 million rural poor people in 832 poverty-stricken counties across China had been lifted out of poverty.

Today, the national poverty population registration information system has been upgraded to an information system for preventing poverty relapse, monitoring and promoting rural revitalization, and relevant reforms continue to gain momentum.

"The central government has identified 160 key counties for national rural revitalization, most of which were formerly national-level poverty-stricken counties. It has refined and consolidated preferential support policies in 14 areas, continued to increase support, and tightened work responsibilities at all levels to effectively enhance and expand the results of poverty alleviation and promote comprehensive rural revitalization," said Liu Junyong, deputy head of the Assistance Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

Since the 18th CPC National Congress, many institutional and mechanism drawbacks that hinder the social mobility of labor and talents have been eliminated, and the employment priority strategy and active employment policies have been continuously improved. Basic pension insurance now covers 1.07 billion people, and the coverage of basic medical insurance has stabilized at above 95 percent. High-quality medical resources are expanding to the central and western regions. More than 64 million sets of various types of affordable housing and housing for shantytown reconstruction resettlement have been built. The education at all levels has been up to or higher than the average level of middle- and high-income countries. A large number of old communities have been renovated, and people's life in communities is becoming more colorful.

"If I'm not feeling well, there's the community hospital. If I'm hungry, there's the canteen. I just want to live here. I'm very happy," said Chen Dairong, a resident of Minzhu Village Community in Chongqing.

China makes marked progresses in people-centered reform

China makes marked progresses in people-centered reform

China makes marked progresses in people-centered reform

China makes marked progresses in people-centered reform

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