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“Remembering the July-August 2014 hostilities one year later brings back the hard days and nights and the nightmares, losses, and sorrow that everyone in Gaza had to go through. In nights full of horror, fear, destruction, and death, the people of Gaza had to leave their belongings, houses, animals, gardens, businesses, stories and memories behind to flee to emergency shelters. No one was safe, secure or protected in Gaza. The UNRWA team suffered a lot from the pressure and unexpected magnitude of the destruction and violence. The team members did everything they could to support those in need, saving lives while at the same time being victims of the conflict themselves. After the ceasefire, I have asked myself many questions, and many of them remain unanswered: Why is this happening to us? When will the international community show the will to find a just and fair solution for us? When will our houses be repaired or rebuilt, our streets maintained? When are our lives going to be restored? Why were we left alone? Does anyone in the world listen or care?”-Mohammed al-Aydi, UNRWA Chief of Area (Khan Younis), June 2015

“Remembering the July-August 2014 hostilities one year later brings back the hard days and nights and the nightmares, losses, and sorrow that everyone in Gaza had to go through. In nights full of horror, fear, destruction, and death, the people of Gaza had to leave their belongings, houses, animals, gardens, businesses, stories and memories behind to flee to emergency shelters. No one was safe, secure or protected in Gaza. The UNRWA team suffered a lot from the pressure and unexpected magnitude of the destruction and violence. The team members did everything they could to support those in need, saving lives while at the same time being victims of the conflict themselves. After the ceasefire, I have asked myself many questions, and many of them remain unanswered: Why is this happening to us? When will the international community show the will to find a just and fair solution for us? When will our houses be repaired or rebuilt, our streets maintained? When are our lives going to be restored? Why were we left alone? Does anyone in the world listen or care?”-Mohammed al-Aydi, UNRWA Chief of Area (Khan Younis), June 2015