Via Gisha’s Gaza Gateway:
The 720,000 liters make even the miracle workers at the Gaza power plant
Below, my story from Truthout on power outages and blackouts. Which don’t much affect me, because my building’s owner provides evening generator capacity. And if he didn’t, I’d go to a cafe across the street and sit there for four hours with a cup of coffee. The people in Jabaliya don’t have these luxuries.
At night in Gaza, the narrow alleyways of the refugee camps echo loudly with
clatter amidst the darkness. The clatter is the sound of small generators.
Families in the camps, and many stores in the camps and in the cities, rely on such portable units for electricity during the rolling blackouts that now
afflict the Gaza Strip.
They’re a poor proxy for power from the central electric station, or would be, if everyone in Gaza could afford them. But they can’t, especially the families living in refugee camps. Instead, they rely on candles.
One such family is Abdel Karim’s. They live in Jabaliya Refugee Camp, in the
central-northern segment of Gaza. Jabaliya is labyrinthine and hyper-dense. It is one of eight refugee camps in Gaza, and the largest. According to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), it houses 108,000 people, 10 percent of Gaza’s population, on four-tenths of one percent of Gaza’s already picayune landmass. Jabaliya’s population density is 74,000 human beings per square kilometer.
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