“I did not know what was happening. I heard the explosion, but thought a neighbor’s home was hit. People were screaming. We ran out of the house. Then, I looked around and saw that two of my five children were missing. I ran back when I saw my brother holding my son Mohammed in his arms. He was barely breathing. At that moment my mind froze; I couldn’t understand what I saw. I felt completely paralyzed. My children were only trying to feed their doves. That’s all. I could not believe that all that was left of my beautiful daughter was something black. I picked up her body and we ran to the hospital. My son died as soon as we arrived.”-Amjad Oweida, UNRWA staff, August 2014
Throughout the year, UNRWA has collected the voices of displaced mothers, frightened children, frustrated fathers, brave UNRWA staff members, hopeful teenagers, hard-working doctors, dreaming students, struggling business owners, and young talented poets. For the next 50 days, quotes will be released so that the world can get a sense of Gaza described through the words of its people.