Although I couldn’t imagine living in the conditions I saw there, my hostess—Emarat Qandil—smiled throughout my visit as if she had nothing to be worried about or depressed about. "I’ve gotten used to hardship,” she shrugged. “If I gave up on life, what would my children do? They need me.”
“This is the biggest challenge we have faced since the creation of UNRWA [in 1949],” says Amir el-Mishal, LSU chair. “First, the agency lost about US$446 million, causing it to stop hiring, terminate many contracts and change others from full to partial. That not only negatively impacted agency employees in Gaza, it also led to a decline in the quantity and quality of services we offer refugees."
Palestinians urge U.S. citizens to press Trump to release frozen U.S. aid and open blockade in Gaza
August 14, 2018 (Gaza City, Palestine) — On Tuesday, August 14th at 9pm, UN staff and their families, including doctors, trauma counselors, social workers, bus drivers and engineers, will gather at the Gaza Training College, just behind the headquarters of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).
Due to the lack of electricity, they will gather in the darkness of a punitive black-out to send a message of light to the American people. They are set to shine cellphone flashlight messages urging U.S. citizens to press the Trump administration to release frozen U.S. aid and to open the blockade.
In this time of crisis, I am writing to ask for your urgent action:
Gazans are standing by to join teleconference briefings with Congressional staff — As soon as you and two more from your district send your email, our team at Rebuilding Alliance will schedule the briefings and invite you to join the calls.