by Julie Webb-Pullman
Al Wafa hospital staff and patients today made a desperate plea to donors to make good on their promises, and deliver the money to rebuild their rehabilitation hospital destroyed in last year’s brutal Israeli offensive against the Gaza Strip.
“We started fundraising the same day our patients were forced to leave,” Executive Director Basman Alashi said after today’s press conference, held in the rubble of the 8,000 sq.m. facility in Shejieyah.
“Twenty million dollars was pledged, but so far we have received only $70,000.”
Mr Alashi explained that this was largely due to the problems experienced over the past 12 months with getting construction materials in through the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, and donors’ reluctance to front up with the money while these obstacles remained.
“The situation has changed,” he said. “The materials are now here in Gaza, and more can be brought in. We just need the money to pay for them. We urge those who promised to help us to speed up the process, because their promises so far have not materialized, and this is really affecting the lives of thousands of people.” Read more »