Gazan elder weaves warmth for displaced children

At 65, Shehnaz Baker from Gaza spends her days with knitting needles in hand, creating hats, gloves, and socks for children living in a makeshift camp in Rafah for those displaced by conflict. Baker, who herself fled Gaza City, was moved to act after seeing children in the camp without adequate clothing.

To supply her charitable work, she sent her son to buy second-hand clothes, which she then unraveled to knit into warm winter garments.

“The joy I feel when I see a child smile, thank me, and run around happily wearing something I made is priceless,” Baker shared.

The need for such acts of kindness has grown since Israel initiated a military campaign in Gaza following an attack by Hamas militants on Oct. 7, which resulted in 1,200 deaths and the capture of 253 hostages. Health authorities report nearly 30,000 people have been killed in Gaza since, with many more missing beneath the rubble of destroyed buildings.