“I witnessed many wars earlier than in Gaza, however I didn’t see the magnitude of this tragedy earlier than. It is a brand new Nakba (disaster) for the Palestinians. I didn’t anticipate or think about seeing tons of of 1000’s of individuals displaced to the south; they’ve left the whole lot behind.
I’ve by no means seen, in my life, total neighborhoods wiped off from existence in Gaza City. I noticed individuals, the unique residents of Gaza City, who had not left Gaza for 1000’s of years however as we speak they’ve turn out to be refugees and displaced to a brand new location.
Everyone is in extreme shock. You really feel prefer it’s a nightmare. Some individuals do not consider what truly occurred. Today I met an individual who got here to our headquarters to ask to be registered at a shelter middle in an UNRWA faculty.
He began speaking and saying that he misplaced 5 of his youngsters, his spouse and his sister. He was talking in a standard means, he was nonetheless unaware of the magnitude of the loss, he was nonetheless in a state of shock. He mentioned he wished to search for a spot to remain as a result of he had no cash or something. He informed me he solely got here together with his garments on.
When he launched himself, I knew that he was from one of many well-off households in Gaza that owned companies, and now he immediately had nothing.
He has misplaced his household, misplaced his job, misplaced the whole lot, and now he’s searching for a spot to go the place he feels secure, so we are able to present him with some water and meals that he can’t get himself.
This is the foremost dilemma that tons of of 1000’s of Palestinians are experiencing, along with the shortage of feeling of safety. If you’re in UNRWA faculties, and you’re elevating the blue flag, you don’t really feel secure, on the street you don’t really feel secure, in vehicles you don’t really feel secure. There isn’t any secure place and there may be little meals and water.
I’m seeing tons of of children asking for water or meals; persons are hungry and thirsty. I’ve by no means witnessed this example in Gaza. It is so crowded, persons are quarreling, shouting, screaming.
In entrance of desalination crops, those which are nonetheless functioning, you possibly can see 1000’s of individuals ready for drinkable water. Actually, individuals misplaced the whole lot they don’t have money, they simply got here with their garments. They don’t have something. They even didn’t put together themselves for winter. It’s a giant dilemma.
It is identical state of affairs in case you are a member of the general public or should you work for UNRWA. We are displaced and dwelling in shelters. This is a sense I and different colleagues have by no means felt earlier than in Gaza.
Sometimes I cease and assume, what am I speaking about? Am I speaking about collective struggling? Or the struggling of people? Every human being has a narrative, the story of dropping household, cash, property, land, and the whole lot.
Once once more, the Palestinians are again to zero. The central query they all the time ask is: How do you see issues, what may occur? No one can reply actually.”