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Mohammed qwaider

My little brother Mohamed in Gaza who has made it to 7 years old is currently living through the third major Israeli bombing in his lifetime! My God protect him and all children in Gaza.

Mon petit frère Mohammed, il a 7 ans. C’est juste la troisième fois, dans sa petite vie, qu’il subit les attaques violentes israéliennes, disproportionnées et monstrueuses de l’Etat gâté chéri pourri du monde, complice de ces crimes de guerre, crimes contre l’humanité et/ou crimes de génocide.

 

 

 

Gaza children

The Israeli occupation military continues to subject nearly two millions people residing in Gaza – primarily refugees, women, children and old people – to unprecedented bombardments. Since early hours today, Israeli fighter aircraft (F-16s) and armed drones have been bombing residential homes across the Gaza Strip. It is now reported that the Israeli military has stopped warning civilian residents before destroying their homes, their only source of shelter and security.

Over 106 resident homes have been targeted within last 72 hours in Gaza. Israeli armed drones drop so-called “warning rockets” over homes, and ten minutes later a F-16 fighter jet completes the mission by destroying the home entirely. The Gaza Strip is densely populated area in which 1.5 million people reside within 140 square miles. Causalities are thus immediately reported when a rocket hits a civilian home. Invariably, the destruction is not limited to the houses targeted but also extends to neighboring houses. So-called warning rockets fired from the armed drones are weapons that often kill and maim civilians.

According to medical resources in Gaza, the death toll has increased to 86 Palestinians in the besieged strip since Israeli began its assault early Tuesday. 22 children and 13 women have been killed, with 85 women injured. The overall number of injuries has reached 580, the majority of whom are children and women. The youngest victim is 18-month-old Mohammed Malakiyeh, who was killed along with his 27-year-old mother. The oldest victim, 80-year-old Naifeh Farjallah, was killed in an air strike on the town of Moghraqa, southwest of Gaza City.

The current offensive on Gaza has badly affected the mental health of young Palestinians. The loud explosions resulting from Israeli fighter jets has created great panic, anxiety and stress among young children, who have not yet recovered from the trauma and stress resulted from previous waves of Israeli bombardments. My friend Mar’i Bashir is a father of Ghadi, 2-year-old boy, residing in Middle area of Gaza Strip. Mar’i described the complex trauma of his young son that resulted from regular Israeli warplanes bombs dropping on nearby sites which has basically been on-going until the present time. Ghandi can hardly talk due to his young age – once bombs fall on their neighborhood, Ghadi spontaneously utters the words “Baba, Ofaa Tayara” which means “Baba, fire, airplane!” Mar’i explained the how very hard it is for a father to be provide security provider to his dependents in such extreme conditions.

Mar’i finished our Skype conversation by saying: “It is an incredibly odd feeling when I think so frequently about how I am going to die.

 

Dear Friends: This is a brief on the current situation in Gaza in the light of the icy weather and floods.

UN has described Gaza as “Disaster Area” due to floods and icy heavy rain in last 3 days. More that 5000 people have been evacuated from flood-damaged homes to settle in identified shelters and schools. 2 cases lost their life and other 100 have been hurt. Gaza’s 1.8 million people still have to endure daily blackouts of around 12 hours since the lone power plant was switched off last month due to a fuel shortage. Local authorities of Gaza stated that 64 million dollars is the estimated total damage due to the stormy weather in Gaza. Initial assessment mentioned at least 3000 houses flooded in the last 3 days.

Friendships

Ayman   

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lundi 28 octobre 2013 – Ayman Qwaider
 
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Petit garçon palestinien remplissant un récipient avec de l’eau, dans une école gérée par les Nations Unies à Gaza

Le blocus vieux de 7 ans sur la bande de Gaza a eu des effets dévastateurs sur la plupart des aspects de la vie des habitants. Depuis qu’Israël a intensifié en 2007 le blocus sur le territoire enclavé, la plupart des matériaux pour la construction d’’infrastructures [dont celles servant à la gestion de l’eau] ont été interdits à l’importation, de façon à rendre le siège plus concret et plus visible dans la vie quotidienne des gens de Gaza.

Les Palestiniens vivant dans Gaza sont confrontés à de terribles problèmes concernant l’accès à l’eau potable. La population de Gaza augmente rapidement, et d’ici 2020, on prévoit que celle-ci atteindra les 2 millions de personnes dans le territoire assiégé, toutes vivant dans des environnements extrêmement peuplés. Les Nations Unies on estimé que la principale source d’eau douce – la nappe phréatique côtière souterraine – sera inexploitable en 2016.

Les près de 2 millions de Palestiniens vivant dans la bande de Gaza souffrent déjà aujourd’hui de la pénurie d’eau potable. L’eau disponible ne correspond pas aux standards pour la consommation humaine. Le principal hôpital de Gaza, Al-Shifa, rapporte que l’eau disponible dans Gaza est à l’origine de problèmes de santé chroniques et a entraîné des taux élevés de mortalité infantile.

Avec 4500 personnes vivant en moyenne sur un kilomètre carré, Gaza est l’une des zones les plus densément peuplées au monde. Cela rend l’accès à l’eau potable encore plus critique pour cette jeune nation. L’eau fournie par les réseaux municipaux de Gaza est polluée, et afin de minimiser les effets de cette eau dangereuse fournie par les services municipaux, la plupart des gens dans Gaza achètent de l’eau dessalée dont le prix est cependant souvent inabordable. Continue Reading »

Water in Gaza : A Palestinian boys drinks water from a public tap in Gaza

Gaza drinkable water is running out 

The7-year-old blockade on the Gaza Strip has had devastating impacts on most of life’s aspects for people in Gaza. Since Israel began the blockade on the Gaza strip in 2007, most of the materials needed for the infrastructure are banned from entering. As a result, there is little  visible and concrete process in people’s daily lives in Gaza. One of the extremely serious problems facing Palestinian in Gaza is drinkable water. The population of Gaza is growingrapidly, by 2020, the population of Palestinians living in Gaza is expected to reach 2 million, who will be living in avery densely populated environment.  The UN has declared the main source of fresh water and the underground coastal aquifer will be unusable by 2016 for the young nation of Gaza.

 Nearly 2 million Palestinians who are living in Gaza are suffering from the shortage of clean drinking water nowadays. The water in Gaza is not fit for human consumption. The main hospital in Gaza –AL-Shifa hospital- reports that the available water in Gaza is causing chronic health problems and has caused high rates of child mortality.

With 4500 people living in one square kilometer, Gaza is one of most densely populated areas in the world. This has caused a huge demand for drinkable water in this young nation. The water provided by the municipal systems in Gaza is polluted; therefore most of people in Gaza buy desalinated water –which is sometimes too costly for people to buy – in order to minimize the dangerous affects of the water provided by the municipalities in Gaza.      

According to the World Bulletin News network, families that are already living in severe poverty are forced to spend a third of their income on the purchase of privately bottled drinking water. Residents are dependent on an underground water aquifer that is corroded and contaminated with seawater and sewage. Israel confiscates 90% of available freshwater for itself, while less than 10% is allocated to Palestinians, according to the Project Censored report.

The water problem in Gaza is not only a humanitarian issue but also a political problem. Israel is the occupying power of Gaza. According to International Law, the occupying power should provide welfare for the occupied people and provide decent life. Palestinians living in Gaza are calling upon the international community to immediately intervene before 2016 arrives, by then the damage to Gaza’s aquifer will become irreversible

Back in 2010, I was stuck in #Gaza unable to cross borders to reach Spain to peruse a master degree in Peace Studies due to ongoing blockade of borders. An amazing group from my human community – which I still blog to – thought of me and decided to take whatever measures possible to highlight the injustice I was exposed to. Great collective efforts were carried out to spot light on this hard reality. Through the proper utilization of social media outlets, we succeeded to practice our power vs a state power. I eventually managed to cross the border and made it to Spain. Mind the Strip was a documentary produced to highlight the story. Today, 3 years after, an amazing and emotional song name Mind the Strip has been produced.

To list to the song, please check here: https://soundcloud.com/mmikkael/mind-the-strip-feat-ruth-sharp

Mind The Strip, Lessons Learned

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