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Aid Workers Report Live From Gaza

OneWorld.net, News Report, Posted: Jan 04, 2009

Editor's Note: With few journalists able to report from the ground on Gaza, aid workers stationed there have become vital sources of not just food and medicines, but also information about what life is like in Gaza as the ground offensive gets underway.

OneWorld.net has used its extensive connections with aid workers to pull together a range of voices from Gaza. They have published an alert on the situation in Gaza.

Wounded in GazaSamera Baalusha and two children at the funeral for five of her other children, killed in a Dec. 29 missile strike.
Amir Farshad Ebrahimi (flickr).

Here you can find the online diary of Hatem Shurrab, an aid worker in Gaza with the British-based charity Islamic Relief Worldwide. As I finish writing this I am having to move to the basement of my house with seven members of my family, including a baby aged 7 months, writes Shurrab. Loud explosions are going off all around and a colleague from the UK is writing down my words as I speak to her on the phone. I am trying very hard to hide the fear in my voice but I don't think I'm doing a very good job.
The ground invasion has started and now nobody knows what will happen next. Read the BBC News diary of Hatem Shurrab in Gaza.

Eman Mohammed writes for Peace X Peace about how a raid left four-year-old Lama Hamdan and her eleven-year-old sister Haia dead while they were playing on the sidewalk near their house. The mother of the young Hamdan sisters kept screaming in horror, facing the painful scene of her two little daughters covered with blood silently, without a move, writes Mohammed. She expressed her grief with a loud cry, asking What have they done? What fault did my girls commit?

Even as leaflets rain down on Gaza asking civilians to leave, parents are trapped with nowhere to escape, afraid that the next attack will claim their children.

But amidst the tension and stress, people, especially young people, cling to a semblance of their normal lives writes Safa Joudeh, a consultant with Grassroots International.

We looked around for my 12-year-old and 14-year-old brothers during an intense bout of air strikes and realized that they had snuck back to the living room-the room directly in front of the area being bombed-and were watching a sports channel, writes Joudeh. "But we had to see the scores," they retorted after being severely reproached.

For those seeking to help civilians in Gaza, OneWorld.net provides a list of groups you can support here.

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