Empty Chairs, Tearful Stories: Gaza Goes Back to School
The empty chair of Najeah al-Helo, 14, killed in Gaza City during the Israeli offensive.
Lest we forget: Life, however arduous, goes on in Gaza, where this week at least half a million children made a delayed return to often-ravaged schools. Before regular classes begin, many will be offered psychological counselling by specially trained teachers to help them begin to heal from the traumas of the Israeli assault. Gazan officials say that 26 schools were destroyed and up to 250 damaged. The damage to the kids is incalculable, and unimaginable. The least we can do is see their faces and hear their stories.