From Gaza, with Love

Friday, November 19, 2010

Gaza in 5 hours

16th of November 2010, Gaza

Myrla and David from Medical Team International were thankfully two of the few foreigners who were allowed in to visit us in Gaza. After their 5 day stay in the West Bank they arrived through the Erez crossing in Beit Hanoun, Gaza’s Northern border checkpoint. It’s the only civilian entry point other than through the Rafah border in Egypt, barring some very rare exceptions through the other Israeli crossings.

I started my 5 hour journey around Gaza with my special guests - nearly all guests who enter Gaza are special, they open a new window of love and solidarity, and a message so clear that you are not alone and you are not forgotten.
Our first stop was the Al Asria Medical Centre in Jabalya refugee camp before visiting the Red Crescent Society of the Gaza Strip. The guests were very impressed by the facility and our success to get the MRI FOTR Gaza. I was pleased and proud to hear their comments, it also empowered me to continue working hard to improve and promote our health facilities for the most needy of patients in Gaza.

Everyday carries a hard struggle to meet the different needs of people and not only their health needs.
The occupation and siege contributes to the deteriorating of the already dire health situation. Each day hundreds of patients referred for treatment cannot receive it due to the borders siege and their financial situation.

UNRWA school
In one of the UNRWA schools at Shatia Refugee camp, the guests could feel and see the children’s happiness that they could now drink clean soft water. It was the result of a MECA project to install 25 water purification units in Gaza schools and kindergartens over the last 2 years

Dancing with Afaq children
In the south of Gaza the guests danced to Palestinian folklore with Afaq Jadeeda children, as part of the ‘Let the Children Play and Heal’ project, a psychological support project funded by MECA.

We finished the tour by meeting the Samouni children of the Zaytoun area, where we met Adie Mormech who was teaching them. Adie is an activist with the International Solidarity Movement, Boycott Divestment and Sanctions and has worked around Action Palestine and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign in Manchester in England.
The scene of Adie and the kids, in the English lesson, ‘Learning on the Rubble’, was so intimate and moving.
The children were happy learning and having fun too.

The situation in Gaza is not romantic, it is so unbearable especially for us who have to live one day after the other trying hard to remain steadfast and help the community to stay intact

Gaza the old city

Just before leaving Gaza we paid a visit to the Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Porphyrius, the third oldest church in the world, built in the 5th century next to a mosque. The Archbishop who received us was so kind and very informative. We also visited the Omary mosque, not far away from the church, which was previously the Marnaas temple through history converted to a church and then to a mosque.

Gaza is history and civilization, the third largest city in Palestine - not only war, occupation and siege.
It has stood so proud against all the historic and environmental changes – even natural upheavals like earthquakes.
The odds have been against us.
It is my city I like despite all those odds.

Before he left, David said, ‘you deserve better life.’

4 Comments:

  • Mrs. El Farah, I read the posts in your blog with great interest. However, as a doctor in Gaza, you must be aware the this year alone, more than 180,000 Gazans were treated in Israeli hospitals. The numbers include ordinary citizens as well those wounded while attacking Israel. You may verify this figure by referring to the following website: http://www.israpundit.com/archives/30794. I would appreciate it if in a future blog, you would comment on this fact, and how you fit it into your view of Israel as an oppressor. You know, I am sure, that if a wounded or sick Israeli were admitted to one of your hospitals, he would not survive. This too is well documented.
    Your blogs leave me with the impression that you are an intelligent, educated woman, and I look forward to your views on this subject. Thank you.

    By Blogger A Nobody's thoughts on the World, at 11/27/2010 5:26 PM  

  • Dear friend,
    Salam;
    I am contacting you from the media relations office of the Gaza Asian Aid Convoy. We would like to invite you to visit the weblog of the convoy. We want to kindly request that you cover the news and relevant articles and other similar aid efforts for Gaza and possibly republish or use to your liking the posts of our weblog. We would also greatly appreciate it if you post up the Java-Script logos of this convoy on your website (the codes/logos can be found here ). This is a significant contribution on your part, since many of the general audience who follow the news of Palestine are frequent visitors to your website. If you would be kind enough to inform them of this weblog and if you use the texts of articles and news that we provide, this audience can potentially have access to the updated news from the Asia Aid Convoy to Gaza, to know of its location, conditions of activists aboard, etc.... The more we spread the news about the Gaza Asia Aid Convoy the harder it would be for Israeli propaganda to attack such efforts.
    We thank you in advance for your support and solidarity.
    May God help us,
    Sincerely

    By Blogger Mohammad Masih, at 12/16/2010 7:49 PM  

  • Dr. El Farra, I am Renata from Chile. I study medicine in Chile and finished my second year. I am really interested about the situation of the Palestinian people in Gaza. Impresses me as children maintain the enjoy and as different institutions help whit different things or forms.
    May be for some people the life in Gaza is not a life, but for me is an interesting form to help a people who suffer, that is because I study medicine. My dream is finish medicine in Chile and then go to a country where people need medicine care and people who will return the hope and happiness, may be this place will be Gaza. Regards from Chile.

    By Blogger Renata Paukner, at 12/19/2010 5:36 PM  

  • hello Mona_Elfarra
    I'm Hossein from IRAN.
    i cant speack en very good,Exuse me for bad typing text.
    i have a weblog about Gaza...
    www.gaza11.blogfa.com
    i want post your letters on my weblog.
    i hope to be cameback victory and peace to all world.
    please post comment on my weblog.

    By Blogger hossein, at 1/08/2011 8:33 PM  

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