Sights unseen in Gaza

Desalination plant in Gaza Strip.

Desalination plant in Gaza Strip.

Dr. Afifi explains how the new recycling facility in Rafah works.

Dr. Afifi explains how the new recycling facility in Rafah works.

On Thursday I had the very good fortune to join a group of engineers on a tour in the Gaza Strip.

We visited a desalination plant where they turn unpotable water into drinking water; a new recycling center where they take household garbage and remove 60-70% of the waste so that it can be turned into new products; and finally a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant under construction which will, when it is completed, take dirty wastewater and treat it so that it can be used for some types of agriculture.

I plan to write alot more about these projects because they are so important to Gaza’s future.

Yesterday I was struck with the symbolism. These three projects each create something new from waste and materials that we would prefer to keep out of sight. They represent a new beginning, maybe like the recent U.N. vote to recognize the state of Palestine.

Palestine is rising and will no longer be kept out of sight. Palestinians are creating a new beginning and this is an exciting time to be in Gaza.

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One response to “Sights unseen in Gaza

  1. Glad to hear some positive things from Gaza. Keep it up.

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