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.
It’s been three days since Israel’s deadly attack on my cousin’s home and I still haven’t been able to go to Khan Younis to mourn with my surviving family. The Israeli bombing is ongoing and it’s difficult and very dangerous to travel 18 miles from where I’m living and working in Gaza City. Today Israel announced a ceasefire and I wanted to go to Khan Younis.
I’m still alive. I don’t know what this means, but I can say that most of the time I can still walk and do some work with people who need help. It all depends on my luck. And here, for people living in Gaza, luck means how close to you the bombs fall from Israel’s tanks, planes, or warships. Some hours it’s raining bombs. Americans say “It’s raining cats and dogs”. In the new Gaza idiom, we say “It’s raining bombs and shells.”
What is more heartbreaking than displaced, hungry, thirsty, injured, terrified, unsafe kids? This is all the children in Gaza on their special feast day.
There is heavy shelling everywhere against Gaza city. I moved with my freinds to a relatively safer place. There ere successive airstrikes, artillery shelling and warship missiles against the Gaza port and surrounding areas. This is close to where I live.
I ask you why all this excessive use of power? It is not about Israel's security. It is the nature of occupation.
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