During the three-week conflict in Gaza in 2009, Nimeh Hawwas, a Palestinian refugee from Gaza, lost her son Ashraf, her grandson Ahmad, and her home, which was demolished as a result of the shelling of a neighboring house.
Thousands of Palestinian refugee children in the Gaza Strip are unable to receive adequate education, according to the UNRWA. About 39,000 child refugees in Gaza will not attend UNRWA schools this year, since the Agency is unable to build or rebuild schools.
A new project by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) aims to build around 120 mud-brick houses for dozens of homeless Gazan families in the next few months. Each house costs about US$10,000 and takes three months to build.
Hassan al-Err is the head of a family of seven who are preparing to move into a mud house built by UNRWA in the Gaza Strip. UNRWA has resorted to building with mud because other building materials are not available.
There is no pushing or shouting, but tension is high as Najua Abu Sultan nears the counter along with the other refugees. As long as flour and rice are in the cupboard, people can endure the reality of life in Gaza.