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De Brún praises John Ging as he leaves Gaza for new post

17 January, 2011 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Bairbre de Brún MEP has paid a warm a glowing tribute today to Director of UNRWA Operations in Gaza John Ging, as the UN announces he will leave Gaza to take up a new post in New York.

Ms de Brún said:  "As John Ging moves to a new post with the UN in New York, he will be sorely missed in Gaza where he has done tremendous work to highlight the needs of the population there and to strive to meet those needs in very, very difficult circumstances.

"He has brought to his work a sense of the human dignity of all and an approach based on respect for basic human rights and the rule of law.  In ensuring that education and other services are provided by the UN despite a shortage of resources, in speaking out against human rights abuses and in calling openly for an end to the siege of Gaza and to the suffering it brings, he has put the needs of the refugee population he serves to the forefront.

"He showed particular courage and determination following the Israeli bombardment of Gaza in 2008 and in the period since then. 

"The work he has achieved so far has been remarkable and I am sure he will continue to achieve much more. He has never once stopped aiming for greater good and his efforts have been an inspiration in difficult times.  As an MEP dealing with Palestinian affairs, I feel it has been a privilege to work with him.

"I wish John Ging well in his new position in the United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs in New York, and look forward to newer accomplishments from him." ENDS

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