The actions of the new Palestinian generation living under Israeli occupation are shocking the world. Naturally, the media focuses on the random knife attacks against Israeli settlers. But there have also been dozens of demonstrations and hundreds of acts of civil disobedience by Palestinians in the last several months.
As most of you know, water issues have been a special concern of mine and the Middle East Children’s Alliance for a number of years. Through our Maia Project we have built and installed water purification systems at schools throughout Gaza so thousands of children—and their families—can have clean water to drink.
Drinking clean water; I can’t imagine anything more basic.
Report from Gaza by Safaa El Derawi, MECA Project Assistant
More than a year after the Israeli aggression on the Gaza strip in 2014, the situation here continues to get worse. The Israeli siege destroys any chance of living a decent life, the houses are still damaged and the feelings of pain, loss, and sorrow are still there in the depth of our hearts. Gaza's wounds are still open and will not heal very soon.
I was in Gaza in April and from the way it looked, and the way people were forced to live, you would have thought the bombing had stopped only a few weeks earlier. Rubble was everywhere. Whole neighborhoods were flattened to the ground.
By Safaa El-Derawi, MECA's Project Assistant in Gaza
The situation is really very bad especially in Khuza’a, Shejayia, and other areas close to the border where most of the houses were erased during the attack one year ago. People are still living in tents and trailers and surrounded by remains of homes.
Nothing has changed since the war.
People are trying to survive and get their basic needs met however they can. It is very sad to see many people begging, asking for money in the streets. Gaza wasn’t like this before. I notice how much it hurts deep inside them to do this.
The following are some first-hand accounts from MECA's Project Assistant in Gaza, Safaa El-Derawi, of her visits to schools where MECA installed water purification and desalination units through our Maia Project.
In September, I visited to Khuza’a village in eastern Gaza with my daughter Basma. The village has been savagely attacked, first by bombs and then even worse when Israeli troops invaded on July 23rd. I was there during a brief ceasefire in August but this visit was different. I had time to take in the extent of the destruction.
It's almost a shock for me watching the news about the bombing of another high rise building in the west of Gaza... I'm living in one of the high-rise buildings close to the beach... The circle of destruction is narrowing and coming closer.
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