Marking 15 years since Israel began imposing its land, air, and sea blockade on Gaza, Oxfam International said Wednesday that the international community is complicit in Palestinians\u0026#039; ongoing suffering and demanded the United Nations and its member states \u0022become the diplomatic power brokers needed to end this blockade now.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe international humanitarian group noted that governments have spent \u0022an estimated $5.7 billion in Gaza just to help keep an incredibly resilient population afloat\u0022 as 2.1 million Palestinians face power cuts, undrinkable water, and restricted movement.\r\n\r\n\u0022The humanitarian relief effort has long become a permanent operation,\u0022 said Oxfam International executive director Gabriela Bucher. \u0022We are collectively forced into being de facto enablers of an open-air prison.\u0022\r\n\r\nIn a social media post, Oxfam campaign coordinator Fatima AbdulKarim bemoaned that humanitarian aid groups and their donors have been compelled to sustain a situation that has only prolonged and entrenched the suffering of people in Gaza.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nOxfam announced it was joining a campaign with other civil society groups, #OpenUpGaza15, which will feature the personal stories of 15 young people living in Gaza and discussing their hopes and aspirations.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0022We need to stop the tragedy of Gaza from continuing to drain all the joy and aspiration of its youth, year upon year,\u0022 Bucher said. \u0022It is imperative that we help the next generation not to be lost to the blockade. Over 800,000 young Palestinians have spent their entire lives trapped within Gaza. They have known nothing else.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe campaign was announced as Save the Children released a report showing that four out of five children in the Gaza Strip suffer from depression, grief, and fear.\r\n\r\nCompared to 2018, the group saw huge increases in the number of children who reported feeling sad or depressed—77% compared to 62% in 2018. More than half of the children there have contemplated suicide and three out of five have intentionally harmed themselves.\r\n\r\n\u0022It is imperative that we help the next generation not to be lost to the blockade. Over 800,000 young Palestinians have spent their entire lives trapped within Gaza. They have known nothing else.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Five years ago, caregivers said that their capacity to support their children is being pushed to the limit by the blockade, chronic poverty, and insecurity, and would most likely be utterly destroyed in the event of another conflict. Our findings show that caregivers\u0026#039; concerns have sadly come true,\u0022 said Jason Lee, the group\u0026#039;s country director for the occupied Palestinian territories.\r\n\r\n“We call on all sides to tackle the root causes of this conflict, and take steps to protect all children and families who deserve to live in safety and dignity,\u0022 he added. \u0022We need an immediate end to the conflict and economic deprivation that are huge stressors in children’s lives, as well as action to support the coping potential and resilience of children and their families in the\u0026nbsp;Gaza\u0026nbsp;strip.”\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nYoung people growing up under the blockade face a 63% of not being able to find paid work after they finish school, according to Oxfam. Nearly all of the piped water in Gaza is unsafe to drink and electricity supply is restricted to just 12 hours per day.\r\n\r\nIsrael\u0026#039;s government has found numerous other ways to deprive Palestinians in the Gaza Strip of living a normal life, said Shane Stevenson, Oxfam\u0026#039;s country director for Palestine.\r\n\r\n\u0022Palestinian families in Gaza are being collectively and illegally punished,\u0022 said Stevenson. \u0022Israel bans the export of date paste, cookies, and French fries. It has forbidden 3G and 4G phone data and there\u0026#039;s no PayPal. This is not a place where a young person can be expected to flourish and find happiness.\u0022 \r\n\r\nCurrently, said Oxfam, there is \u0022no diplomatic resolution in sight.\u0022\r\n\r\nOxfam demanded that the international community \u0022commit to a time-bound plan with actions and strong accountability mechanisms\u0022 in order to secure justice for Palestinians.\r\n\r\n\u0022We refuse to accept that all the effort made to maintain the blockade for 15 years can\u0026#039;t instead be harnessed for good and to consign it to history,\u0022 said Stevenson.