Dozens of women gathered in front of the headquarters of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) in Gaza on Wednesday to urge reconstruction, months after a July-August war between Hamas and Israel left 100,000 people homeless in the tiny coastal territory, home to 1.8 million people. Reconstruction of the Gaza strip has not begun eight months after the end of the 50-day conflict, the third in six years.
Translation from Arabic
Rania Sultan, member of the Union of Palestinian Women Committees (which organized the protest): “Today, the Union of Palestinian Women Committees is participating in this sit-in in solidarity with the women in reconstruction centres, and to appeal to the world and to international institutions to speed up the reconstruction process. Women here need the privacy of their own homes, and there are many homeless families.”
Mariam Abu Daqqa, member of the political bureau of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine: “UNRWA should solve all the problems of our people whose homes were destroyed, and of our women who are suffering from the cold and hot weather.”
Om Samer Faraj, a demonstrator: “I can’t complete the reconstruction of my house, even though I had to go into debt in order to do that.”