Recycling rubble

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Photo of the demolition of  a similar wall in Gaza by Khalil Hamra/AP, ripped from Time.com.

Photo of the demolition of a similar wall in Gaza by Khalil Hamra/AP, ripped from Time.com.

The Red Cross will use the rubble of a wall knocked down by fighters in Gaza to line and complete a long-delayed rainwater ditch project, according to an article in the International Herald Tribune today.  Apparently, construction materials are  so hard to clear through the Israeli and Egyptian borders during these tense times that even international development agencies are suffering and, according to the article, forced to scrounge and scavenge like everyday Gazans.

The International Committee of the Red Cross has been trying to make do by scouring Gaza for materials it can use. It’s a survival technique perfected by ordinary Gazans, who use vegetable oil for car fuel when gasoline is in tight supply and ancient kerosene stoves when natural gas runs out. Gazans dig tunnels into Egypt to haul in everything from chocolate to computers.

The situation has gotten so bad that the Red Cross, a Swiss and otherwise neutral organization, issued a frustrated statement saying that the Israeli government holds up deliveries so long that this project would not have been completed had it not been for salvaged materials.

Like many aspects of the Middle East conflict, this story is a messy mix of uplifting and heartbreaking.  It is wonderful to read about resourcefulness in the face of conflict and terrible to read about politics standing in the way people’s basic needs for infrastructure and security.

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One Response to “Recycling rubble”

  1. esther Says:

    yes, I agree…I always have a feeling that if people take a step forwards, governments, do everything to take a step backwards….

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