From Gaza, with Love

Friday, January 30, 2009

letter from my friend , S. Robins, constructive plastic suegeon inside gaza

GAZA - 28th of january

hi, what to say? the aftermath of the massacre leaves destroyed families and buildings, no sign of cement coming in, rafah still intermittently closed, many patients transferred to egypt and lost into black hole of buearocracy and families cannot trace. medical staff and people still shellshocked although cars and people on the streets again but all people have the memories of the events of 20 days bombardment, charred bodies and probably no family is intact. we visited a number of homes where people often children sit with legs in plaster, dressings on multiple wounds not sure what happened and what is going to happen as the medical services probably did break under the strain and now only with all the visitors is there an ongoing care. medical staff here need time off but still sit in clinics trying to cope. Money will no doubt pour into the system now but unless there is some justice over the use of unconventional weapons on a civilian popultation so the extent that almost every street had bits of phosphurus mixture that kids play with to make it ignite 20 days later in some cases. That also needs clearing up safely particularly as rain water or heat of the summer could reignite these remnants. children are already getting fingers and faces burnt as they play with remnants in the streets. reports will come out but all effort must be made to bring some justice to the palestinian people.Phosphorus and possible other materials used may also have a later carcinogenic effect. I am ok and being accompanied by Greek and Uk colleagues some of the time which is good when seeing and hearing about these events. such weapons should not even be produced for any use. there are also very disturbing reports of executions by il ground personnel. no wonder il has done its best to keep all journalists and foreigners out as long as they could and for most of the war and still making it very difficult for entry with egyptian beaurocratic help even to deciding that a psychiatrist was not 'medical enough - not needed' in thi situation and therefore not allowed in. knowing when to leave will be difficult as it will take many years and perhaps never for all the physical scars and rebuilding to be done as well as the unseen psychological ones. but much will be healed and helped if there is some justice here. without that the physical scars on the bodies and buildings here may be patched up but the deeper psychological ones will remain without the healing salve of some restorative justice.the picture is as it says - the american school in gaza targetted by il probably with munitions from usa. what an education we are giving here.

ps there is a photo of the detroyed American school building , i couldnot send i will try later on with some othe rphotos from friends in Gaza


  • Thanks Mona

    PS, - spread the word !

    By Blogger SwordOfBath, at 1/30/2009 9:16 PM  

  • I am so sorry for the people of Gaza. What more can I say. I sit here with tears in my eyes as I watch a chicken farmer talking to a CNN reporter from the site where his farm has been crushed by tanks. 37,000 chickens killed.

    I hate this death and destruction. I do not understand any of it. I wish we could all live in peace.

    Nothing is worth all the killing that is going on in the world at the moment.

    I am 60 years old and I am SO sad about the wars we have had over the past 7 years on this earth.

    All I can say is that others care.

    I care.

    Carolyn Stirling

    Auckland New Zealand

    By Blogger Unknown, at 1/31/2009 12:45 AM  

  • Words fail me... reading this letter is heart wrenching... i would like to link to the full letter and republish some excerpts... am an american-israeli jew living in holland and ex-IDF (Leb 1)... check out my weblog and see if it is ok with you...

    By Blogger lennybruce, at 1/31/2009 12:52 AM  

  • Hello Mona,
    The following website highlights the bloody history of Israel that Western media never shows!

    By Blogger ossama, at 1/31/2009 1:15 AM  

  • Thank you for your information from Gaza. As an American I am doing what I can to stop my government from continuing to support Israel. I can only hope that our new president will do something different. Peace be with you.

    By Blogger Cheyne, at 1/31/2009 8:15 AM  

  • found your blog through google..
    we here in malaysia always pray for our islam relative in palestin..

    By Blogger Mohd Nasri, at 1/31/2009 4:38 PM  

  • It is extremely shocking every time I read an account of someone who survived this massacre.
    I cannot even begin to comprehend the devastating effects of such trauma yet to those who it was done against, i.e. the Palestinians, they remain reslient and courageous ready to start over if given the chance.
    Wothy of much priase...
    may Allah be with them all ameen
    thank you for sharing this letter

    By Blogger Le-Ann Mariamlelue, at 2/01/2009 6:42 PM  

  • Hi, I am an editor for the magazine Vogue in Brazil trying to reach someone in Gaza to a project we have here. Can you e-mail me and I explain you what our plans are? It is Thank you

    By Blogger nana, at 2/02/2009 8:24 PM  

  • I feel that whatever I say here will appear trite, but how quickly the oppressed have become the oppressors. The Israelis must have lost any sympathy induced by their past.
    The world should be ashamed.

    By Blogger Freddy, at 2/03/2009 1:24 PM  

  • Hello from Ireland, we support Palestine. Visit me here:

    By Blogger I4P Writers Group, at 2/04/2009 8:24 PM  

  • Hi Mona,
    I am back in Gaza, working for the Nowegian NGO, NORWAC. I am happy to be here, but upset from the injustice that prevents you from entering. I hope you will be able to come here without fearing the Gaza-prison. A stop of killing is not enough for living. I am so sad about what I see here, but I am impressed from how people are coping with the situation. Best regards from Kristin, Umm Tarek

    By Blogger kristo56, at 2/10/2009 8:05 PM  

  • Hi Mona,
    Firstly, I want to thank you for writing your blog; it is deeply moving and is the kind of thing that needs to be widely read so that people do not shut their eyes and pretend that the crisis in Israel/Palestine is not real. Since you have grown up and spent nearly your entire life in Gaza, I'm curious what type of effect you think the Israeli occupation has had specifically on the women of Gaza. (Just to let you know: I'm a university student from the US and am taking a class that requires us to post on the blogs of people living in the middle east.)

    Thank you for your time and your thoughts

    By Blogger kristen, at 2/13/2009 4:56 AM  

  • Mona, thank you for sharing this with the world. I'm trying to steer readers of my blog here as well.
    Please contact me if you'd like to be included in an NPR show on women in war zones.

    By Blogger Susan, at 2/27/2009 5:33 PM  

  • hi , The achievement of peace requires the world to know the truth and the mystery of suffering in gaza . Thank you for your successful work my friend .

    By Blogger نورس من شاطيء غزه, at 3/04/2009 8:31 PM  

  • I wonder what's the international impact if GAZA LAY ALL DEAD BODIES because of Israel bombing and show the world THIS IS THE REALITY (exhume them and took a shot, their dead WILL serve something better than just be buried for good), just ONE picture will flatten out all the propaganda the Israelis government is painting to the world.

    What the heck is four Israel people getting injured because of Hamas 'stone age' rockets and Israel took thousand lives in revenge. It's mere arrogance and inhumanity.

    Gaza people, please let the deaths have the last say!

    By Blogger Pelican Fly, at 3/08/2009 1:32 AM  

  • hello from Vietnam, we love Palestine.

    By Blogger Pelican Fly, at 3/08/2009 2:00 AM  

  • Hi Mona,
    Interesting blog premise and comments. Let me ask you this..are you actively involved in health outreach at sites other than the tertiary care institutes? Would really like to talk more. Do you work with an NGO or independantly?

    By Blogger Shawna, at 3/10/2009 10:38 PM  

  • I was very pleased to find your blog - and the fact that you link to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society. I am also a writer/blogger, currently writing a case study on the work of ICRC (and the PRCS) during the recent attacks in Gaza. Rather than listen to aid workers and government sponsors I really want to hear from the people of Gaza. I want to hear their stories and understand how ICRC helped them - what would have happened without them?

    I would appreciate any support or insight you may have on this - please feel free to forward this to friends or family who would be happy to talk to me.

    You can reach me on

    In peace

    By Blogger Nomadic, at 3/14/2009 8:05 PM  

  • Please visit and spread support for the Gaza January ‘09 Memorial Exhibition at

    Dear Moma, can you send those photos to me at the above address as well. I'm deeply appreciate that.

    By Blogger Pelican Fly, at 3/19/2009 9:33 PM  

  • Salam...I sincerely hope that the people will heal one day, and I do know its easier for me to say, but I do pray for that day.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 3/23/2009 5:34 PM  

  • i hope that you can find a picture of that school building, the photos really make it hit home harder. Thanks

    Jack O'Sullivan
    Bedroom Sets

    By Blogger Jack O'Sullivan, at 4/06/2009 5:22 AM  

  • Thanks Mona! Keep spreading the word and helping everyone to remember!!!
    Jack O'Sullivan
    Bedroom Furniture Sets
    Men's Dress Shoes

    By Blogger Jack O'Sullivan, at 4/09/2009 7:24 AM  

  • I have been covering in depth up-to-the-moment events that are taking place in London dealing with Gaza after the December assault:
    here is a link to my blog:

    By Blogger Prophyria, at 4/21/2009 11:06 PM  

  • hi dr. mona, i am a registered nurse and my husband is a teacher. we were in gaza from 2004-2005. he worked at the american school and i volunteered with pmrs. we are of course horrified by recent events in gaza. since we are both now working in schools in the u.s., we will have time off in july and august. we would like very much to come to gaza and help with relief efforts. will you be there? do you or your organization need any help? please email me: i wish we had met you while we were there. i so admire your work, cynde

    By Blogger cynde, at 5/03/2009 4:56 PM  

  • its really helpful blog and have good content

    By Blogger Tips Experts For You, at 6/04/2009 9:45 PM  

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