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Gaza Children Return to School


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Madalena
- 2010 days ago - english.aljazeera.net
Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip have gone back to school for the first time since the 22-day Israeli offensive that killed more than 1,300 people, at least 410 of which were children.



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Madalena Lobao-Tello (448)
Saturday January 24, 2009, 1:59 pm
Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip have gone back to school for the first time since the 22-day Israeli offensive that killed more than 1,300 people, at least 410 of which were children.

About 200,000 children returned on Saturday as the UN Relief and Works Agency (Unrwa) reopened its 221 schools in the devastated territory.

Public schools operated by the Hamas-run government in the Gaza Strip were also reopened.

Three UN schools were hit by Israeli missiles and shells during the Israeli aerial, naval and ground offensive, including one attack in Jabaliya that left more than 40 people dead.

Al Jazeera's Ayman Mohyeldin, reporting from that school, said hundreds of students had gathered as Palestinians struggle to get their lives back to normal.

"A Muslim aid organisation has come and is performing songs and dance, trying to lift the spirits of the kids," he said.

Psychological trauma

Maher Wahba, a psychologist with Muslim Aid, said that one of the first tasks would be to address the psychological trauma being suffered by children who had lost family members and friends.

"We are here to let the children act out their stress and relive what has passed during the Israeli invasion," he told Al Jazeera.
"These children have suffered a lot, we have seen many cases, many psychological disorders ... aggressive behaviour, many nightmares, dreams."

Unrwa, which provides basic aid and services to most of the 1.5 million people living in Gaza, employs some 200 counsellors and is looking to recruit more in the wake of the war.

In Rafah, students from the Dar al-Fadila school attended lessons in tents set up near the rubble of their destroyed building.

"We will learn and grow, God willing, even inside the tents. This will not break our will," Fatmeh al-Bashir, one student, said.

The reopening of the schools means that the UN must now find somwhere else to house many of the thousands of Palestinians who took shelter in them during the Israeli bombardment.

"We will rent houses for them and we may put some in tents ... but at the moment we still do not have a clear plan or direction," Riad Radwan, manager of the local Unrwa shelter, said.

Houses destroyed

In Jabaliya alone, Unrwa says that 20,000 people had to take refuge in UN schools during the war.

Most have now gone back to their homes but others will be moved to another school building as their houses have been destroyed.

However, Hajj Abu Aysh, a 61-year-old father, told Al Jazeera's Zeina Awad that this was not an acceptable solution.

"They want to move us from school to school to school? Is this a solution? We are not animals," he said.

"Unrwa and the UN and the international community are obliged to solve our issue."

 

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday January 24, 2009, 8:16 pm

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FreeSpirit Running (324)
Sunday January 25, 2009, 5:33 am
Thank you Mada for your article my friend & sister. Noted w/sadness.

I cannot imagine being a child and having to go through this, just because of adults mistakes, it sickends me to see children involved...so innocent.

Bless them for even having the heart & soul, strength in Allah to go back to school. No one can know what trauma these children have seen and gone through, it will take a while before they can live a normal life again.

I would like to know, what the hell is the matter with these so called "ADULTS", that they cannot commit to their own agreement? Why violate the truce, Why so much anger and chaos! I am truly upset over this. STOP THE HATE, SPREAD THE LOVE...For the children's sake, please!

I wish all in the world...PEACE, please...We are related, all of us!
FreeSpiritRunning...
 

Pamylle G. (461)
Sunday January 25, 2009, 5:58 am
May the children heal as much as possible from these horrors.

I'm with you, FreeSpirit. I pray each day that All My Relations come to sweet Peace.
 

Simon Wood (207)
Sunday January 25, 2009, 5:59 am
When Israel stops its military terrorism, war crimes and other oppression against the people of Palestine, and when Israel agrees to the 2-state solution, including the right for the millions of Palestinian refugees to return, then there will be a lasting peace.

When the USA stops supporting Israel (e.g. ends the annual $3 billion military aid to Israel), then Israel will be forced to end its aggressive, expansionist and genocidal policies.
 

FreeSpirit Running (324)
Sunday January 25, 2009, 6:23 am
With all due respects to my beliefs, I must agree with my friend Simon on this. I shall prayer for the day when this can hopefully happen. Our souls yearn for peace, in our hearts. TY Simon & Pamylle for your input & caring so very much.

Walk in peace always,
FreeSpiritRunning...
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Sunday February 15, 2009, 5:10 pm
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