“A Complete Catastrophe:” The Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza


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Empty trucks wait for aid arriving for the Gaza Strip at the Rafah crossing with Egypt on October 22, 2023. The territory is facing a ‘catastrophic’ humanitarian crisis in the war that has followed Hamas’s attack against Israel.

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Empty trucks wait for aid arriving for the Gaza Strip at the Rafah crossing with Egypt on October 22, 2023. The territory is facing a ‘catastrophic’ humanitarian crisis in the war that has followed Hamas’s attack against Israel.

MOHAMMED ABED/AFP via Getty Images

In Gaza doctors are operating without anesthesia. Fuel is running out. Food is running out. And trucks full of it can’t get through — including those from the UN World Food Programme or WFP.

NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Cindy McCain, the WFP’s Executive Director, about the humanitarian crisis in Gaza which she calls “a complete catastrophe.”

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This episode was produced by Matt Ozug and Lauren Hodges. It was edited by Courtney Dorning and Adam Raney. Our executive producer is Sami Yenigun.

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