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de Brún to attend Trócaire Annual Lecture with John Ging - Head of United Nations Relief and Works Agency in Gaza

25 March, 2009 - by Martina Anderson MEP


Sinn Féin MEP will attend the Trócaire Annual Lecture with John Ging - Head of United Nations Relief and Works Agency in Gaza at Queens University today in Belfast.     Ms de Brún recently returned from a cross-party MEPs fact finding mission in Gaza where she met with John Ging.     Speaking today Ms de Brún said:     “In order to establish the facts surrounding what happened and to allow Palestinians to be involved in the reconstruction of their local communities, the siege must be lifted and there must be free movement in and out of Gaza. “The level of destruction I witnessed in Gaza was unimaginable. Homes and entire communities have been devastated and the social and economic infrastructure has been almost totally destroyed.     “Everywhere there was rubble where once there had been a living community and it is clear that this has not happened by accident. People are left bereft of basic amenities and their livelihoods stripped away and they have no sense of security or safety.     “There was a very deep frustration and anger on the ground at the lack of accountability, that no-one has been held to account for what has happened to people.    “John Ging, Director of UNRWA operations in Gaza, summed the situation up when he said to us that ‘it is not about being pro or anti-Israeli but about being pro basic, fundamental humanity built around the rule of law’.     “It is vital people hear first hand about the situation in Gaza help to mobilise the international community to ensure that respect for human rights is one of the fundamental principles underlying a long term solution to the conflict there.” ENDS

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