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How does it feel to be living in Gaza or have family and friends in Gaza right now? Not many people are blogging from Gaza today because of the lack of electricity. But a little research yielded a few bloggers … Read More

By / January 1, 2009

How does it feel to be living in Gaza or have family and friends in Gaza right now? Not many people are blogging from Gaza today because of the lack of electricity. But a little research yielded a few bloggers out there either with personal connections in Gaza or an internet connection. Take a look at these blogs.

In Gaza, a Canadian human rights activist named Eva Bartlett:

How to explain this feeling? I am physically numb to the explosions, not that i am in any way brave, but just physically unaffected. This is useful, it allows me to continue to write, to photograph, to speak. But my rational side which is continuing these things. Alberto, a Spanish journalist sitting next to me, helps me to recall that last night I told him: "I’m so focused on conveying the eyewitness account that i’m not thinking about danger."

 

Life must go on in Gaza and Sderot, a blog written by two friends: one in Gaza and one in Sderot:

I am asking the international community to stop what is going on in Gaza I hope to return to ceasefire and move away from violence Because violence will bring more violence.

 

From Gaza, Dr. Mona El-Farra, a Gazan woman currently in England:

 

I am travelling from Manchester to Cairo this week to send medication, emergency supplies, and very important orthopaedic equipment, for Al Awda hospital and the Red Crescent society. Also, some very important children’s medication, and medications for chronic diseases. While the hospitals are overwhelmed with the injured, it is important to secure the rest of the patients – a very difficult balance for us in such crisis, with the health services at the point of collapse.

 

Rafah Kid, reports from Rafah: 

And what shall I say? I will not speak of my daily misery having to put up in Friday with a 24 hour power cut; nor will I like to mention my father standing in a long queue in front of the bakery at 7 a.m. to buy some bread; nor will I mention the 3 empty gas cylinders awaiting to be filled since a month; nor will I lament the patients living on respiratory support or kidney washing machines and are afraid the hospitals will have no electricity ; I find it enough to say that all those I meet,including myself and my family, are psychologically and emotionally tired.

 

Raising Yousuf and Noor, a blog from a mother in North Carolina in touch with parents in Gaza: 

"It’s strange, my whole body is shaking. Why is that? Why is that?" she rambles on, continuous explosions audible in the background. "There they go again. One boom after another. 15. Before that, one or two, maybe 20 total so far."

 

Mideast Youth, a collection of blog posts and podcasts from young men and women in the Middle East: 

300 dead and over 1000 injured, and Israel is promising more.

 

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