【明報專訊】IN GAZA, the unbearable medical, human and financial toll in the blockaded area rendered the situation disastrous for thousands of people left behind. What would be unimaginable in Hong Kong or elsewhere has become normal in Gaza.
A recent example happened on 30 March, the one year anniversary of the weekly protests in Gaza happened near the border fence between it and Israel (known as the March of Return). Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams were ready to take care of the injured people on that day. Finally, four people were killed and 64 injured by live ammunition. We feel almost happy because it was not the two or three hundred — or even more — we had feared it might be.
However, we must fight against this sense of "normality". Many young people with bullets in their legs arrived at the hospital all at once. Our surgeons had to replace a young man's blood because the main artery and the main vein in his chest had been torn through by a bullet. And they had to remove a boy's kidney because it would be fatal to try to save it. A patient from our clinics had been readmitted after being shot again. Sadly, his family told us he had been back to the fence area again and killed.
Some are fortunate to use the two reopened crossings between Gaza and Israel. But Gaza will continue to suffer. With its declining economy, broken health care system, not to mention the Israeli blockade, an agreement is perhaps desirable but would not do much to help with what the Gazans have been facing. The circumstances are by no means tolerable.
■by Médecins Sans Frontières