Impressions left by violence still strong among Gaza students

Friday, November 30, 2012
Gaza students inspecting their rubble-strewn school 
[PHOTO: UNifeed] 
Gaza City: Last weekend the students in Gaza got the opportunity to return to school and to regain a sense of normality following a week of violence but the impressions left by violence are still strong.

At least 136 schools and kindergartens were damaged during the conflict.

"They were destroying people's houses. We didn't know that this event was going to take place. We were very worried that something was going to happen to us. Our house was packed with people. We had over 30 people inside the house," says Ali Haboush, one of the students.

UNICEF and its partners are assessing the needs of Palestinian families. Top of the list is basic repairs for damaged homes, along with counselling for those children traumatized by the violence they have experienced.

Jawad Rashad Siniora, a school teacher, says, "You might have noticed the fear on their faces while they were standing in line before going to their class. They just got out of war. It clear that the children were not acting as usual, they were indeed affected by this war and they are still affected this war."

Meanwhile, in the coming weeks, the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) plans to distribute 20,000 school bags, and 118 schools will be repaired for minor damage. -UNifeed
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