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.
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.
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