Empty Chairs, Tearful Stories: Gaza Goes Back to School

[[{"fid":"69767","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"media-element file-default"}}]]

 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.

[[{"fid":"69770","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"media-element file-default"}}]]

 

 

 

 

This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.

Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news site. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do. Without Your Support We Simply Don't Exist.

Share This Article