‘Everything is destroyed’: Siblings describe destruction of their school in Gaza
NEW YORK, USA, 22 January 2009 – When Gaza’s schools reopen in the coming days, Maram, 12, does not know where she’ll go. “I want to see what happened to my school,” she said in a telephone interview with UNICEF Radio. “I saw pictures of it – It was very, very destroyed.”
Now the school’s 250 students don’t know where they’ll start the second semester. “I’m in this school from grade three, from the first time it was built,” said Muhammed. “I don’t know what I’ll do.”
Muhammed said the United Nations has offered to help rebuild the school. Both he and Maram have heard that the school might set up tents so some classes can resume.
Still dangerous in the streets
Both siblings found out that the school was bombed through the Facebook pages of their classmates.
On Tuesday, the family left home for their first shopping trip since the ceasefire took effect, but the devastation they saw around them saddened Maram. “I saw Gaza, it was all, all destroyed. Everything was destroyed,” she said. “I feel very sad about Gaza and I hope that they will rebuild everything again.”
UNICEF and its partners are working to open up Gaza’s schools as soon as possible. UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Sigrid Kaag described the situation in Gaza as “dire” and has made the repair of schools UNICEF’s first infrastructure priority.