A Palestinian surgeon’s GoFundMe bid to evacuate his daughter from Gaza — and the digital army that’s mobilized to help 

GoFundMe campaigns to help people evacuate Gaza have collectively raised millions, aided by volunteers in the West, among them Palestinians and Jews. 

Why It Matters

People in Gaza are facing a catastrophic humanitarian situation — extreme shortages of food, water and medical supplies. To get to safety, hundreds of Palestinians are appealing to donors worldwide through GoFundMe. 

In the largest hospital in Gaza, on a break from tending to the scores of injured people on gurneys, surgeon Dr. Abedelwahab Abu Warda scrolled Instagram for social media influencers. It was January — one month after 31 of his relatives were killed by an Israeli airstrike on his home — and the 30-year-old Palestinian surgeon was feeling increasingly desperate.

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