Suhur, 8, receives her four-hour kidney dialysis treatment at Augusta Victoria, a Lutheran World Federation hospital in east Jerusalem. She travels three times weekly from Hebron to Jerusalem for dialysis. Tawfiq Nasser, the hospital’s CEO, says more and more Palestinians depend on the Lutheran hospital. “With the collapse of the Palestinian Authority and the restrictions imposed by the Israeli army, hospitals in the West Bank are no longer functioning,” he says. Augusta Victoria cut salaries for its 180 employees so it could buy needed medicines. Emergency funds from the ELCA and other Action by Churches Together members have prevented staff cuts and reductions in services.
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