Words fall short when trying to describe the reality on the ground in Gaza right now. At the same time, most of us know exactly what is going on. For three months we have seen the horrific images and we have heard the desperate voices in videos.
We have read the news stories and statistics, we have followed the debates among the world's top diplomats and among our own politicians here at home in safe Norway. Perhaps we still need another reminder? From the lack of action to end the enormous suffering, it seems that way.
On the small four-mile-long country strip, at least:
- 23,000 have been killed
- 60,000 have been injured
- 2 million have been internally displaced
- 60 percent of all housing units have been destroyed
- 2.2 million people are in acute risk of famine, and almost half of the population is already experiencing severe hunger.
In the halls of the UN, people agree that there is no worse place on earth than Gaza right now, still the bombs keep falling.
Words fall short, but they are also so powerful. Read what our colleague Zoya has written. Let her words sink in. Don't let the pictures, videos and numbers become something you get used to.
While the international community sits quietly and watches as a total humanitarian disaster unfolds, we can continue to show that we care, that we demand an immediate ceasefire and unimpeded humanitarian access.
This text was first published at tronderdebatt.no