Thursday, 22 April 2010
The three-week war that took place in the Gaza Strip during the winter of 2008–2009, destroyed 60,000 Gazan homes and left more than 300,000 people affected.
After all other efforts have come to a standstill, the UNRWA (the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East), after taking approval from Israel, has inaugurated a project to construct 150 homes, a flour-mill and a sewage treatment plant to make living a little better here. The bungalow-style homes will feature a bathroom, kitchen and sleeping areas. Not only will they be traditional in design, but they will incorporate green features and modern techniques.
It is said that the concrete which is brought in through a network of tunnels between Gaza and Egypt is smuggled, but UNRWA has made sure that any raw materials imported into Gaza will be from reliable sources. Israel has given approval for concrete deliveries to the territory for the UN has also started to allow in limited truckloads of wood and aluminum for construction.
Here's hoping that work will finally progress.