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Gaza - Three years ago todayBarbara Lubin Special to Salem-News.com
Most people have stopped thinking about what happened in Gaza then—or what’s happening there today. But, I know that the children of Gaza are still very much on your mind and in your heart.
(WASHINGTON D.C.) - Three years ago today people around the world watched in horror as bombs began falling on Gaza.
I was in Egypt with our Gaza Projects Director Dr. Mona El-Farra. We were scrambling to purchase emergency supplies and get them into Gaza. Eventually, we were able to deliver more than six tons of food, medicine, and medical equipment—including an ambulance and wheelchairs—thanks to the generosity of people like you.
When the Israeli army withdrew three weeks later, I was allowed to enter for four days. To this day, I am haunted by what I saw. I will never forget the children I met who sat where their homes used to be and stared blankly into space or searched through rubble for a cherished toy. Horrific images of white phosphorous burns on tiny bodies, and limbs torn off by DIME weapons will stay with me forever.
As will the faces of schoolchildren sitting next to desks with candles marking the places where their friends sat just weeks or days before.
In those three weeks, nearly four hundred children lost their lives. Thousands more were injured and saw parents, siblings and playmates killed. The children’s homes, schools and neighborhoods were destroyed.
Most people have stopped thinking about what happened in Gaza then—or what’s happening there today.
But, I know that the children of Gaza are still very much on your mind and in your heart.
That’s why I’m asking you again to, please, be as generous as you possibly can with your tax-deductible year-end contribution. Thanks to a generous supporter, your gift will be matched, dollar for dollar--up to $25,000.
Hundreds of thousands of children are still living with the terrible aftermath of the war and the ongoing siege that deprives them of the most basic things in life.
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