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When you don’t have medicine, food, clean water and are only sleeping in the street, I can assure you that death is just around the corner. This is what's happening right now at the Rafah border with Egypt, where over 5 thousand Palestinians are waiting to get back into Palestine. Palestinians have been waiting for more than three weeks, sleeping in the streets on the Egyptian side.
On a local radio interview this morning with one of the people who are stuck at the border, a 28 years old woman said: "There are thousands of us here, people who were outside of Gaza, who found the crossing closed when we tried to go home. There are children here who need medication, old women and men who are in very bad shape, and need medicine and water".
She added: "There is nowhere to sleep, very few bathrooms for thousands of people, most of us have run out of money and we can no longer survive like this — we appeal to all human rights organizations to end this terrible situation! People are dying and we don't know how to preserve their bodies and it's not possible to bury them here." She was appealing to the international community and the world to stop this humanitarian crisis at the Rafah border and to put pressure on Israel to reopen the border and let people return to Gaza, and to allow those inside Gaza who need to travel to hospitals, to do so.
I have been thinking a lot more in the quiet of my virtual cave. As in, just thinking without talking about my thoughts. I even started to write in my notebook, as thoughts and ideas come out differently when you write in long hand. The brain literally works differently. Even though I am highlighting the plight of the people in Gaza by way of Mohammed's site, I am by no means going to be soft on any of the instigators in this drama. I want to think and write in my notebook a bit more before I post it here. There are many guilty parties, and I am starting to feel that again, the poor Palestinians are a pawn in the hands of everyone around them. Literally.
To be continued.