UNRWA rebuilds first house in Gaza

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China’s Xinhua news agency reports that it’s only take 12 months for UNRWA rebuild the first house:

The house that UNRWA built

Due to an Israeli blockade, construction materials are not available in Gaza and the new house was built of mud bricks.

The clay house will not be an everlasting alternative to al-Athamna’s apartment building that housed tens of his family members, but compared to his neighbors who still live in tents, the 75-year-old grandfather is very satisfied.

“I thank the UNRWA and call upon the entire world to keep funding the UNRWA so it can help all people in need and build them a house like the one I received today,”
he said.

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President Jimmy Carter writes in The Guardian, “We can wait no longer to restart the peace process. The human suffering demands urgent relief”

Carter at Wadi Fuqeen Village

… Of more immediate concern, those under siege in Gaza face another winter of intense personal suffering. I visited Gaza after the devastating January war and observed homeless people huddling in makeshift tents, under plastic sheets, or in caves dug into the debris of their former homes. Despite offers by Palestinian leaders and international agencies to guarantee no use of imported materials for even defensive military purposes, cement, lumber, and panes of glass are not being permitted to pass entry points into Gaza. The US and other nations have accepted this abhorrent situation without forceful corrective action.

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