A friend asked me what I found to be the most frustrating thing about Gaza so far. #1 – the extreme difficulty in traveling to Gaza. More about that later.
#2 – the damn electricity goes off about 8-10 hours every day! In some cases, the generator kicks on, but not always. And my hunch is that there are few generators in the refugee camps.
It’s much more than a mere inconvenience. The second day in Gaza I heard reports of a young child burned to death the night before when the candle fell over. That apparently happens often. 😦
And I wonder what my public health friends would say about these generators running. In addition to the noise, they leave a film of black stuff (?) over curtains and other surfaces. What are they doing to people’s lungs?
My host family and I passed the time away one evening after the lights went out by playing a game of RISK with a battery-powered lamp. I lost. But this situation is no game.