Dear Friends of the Rebuildling Alliance,
Mr. Husam El Nounou finally returned home to Gaza at 10:30 pm Jul 31, via the Erez Checkpoint. His luggage was sent through today at noon. He is the PR Director for our NGO partner in Gaza, the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme -- and he was stranded in Egypt for a month and a half behind the blockade.
“Please thank everyone for all their help on my behalf,” said Husam. “At last I am back with my family!”
We especially want to thank those who contacted their congresspeople. Many found that staffers wanted to help and started making calls on their constituents’ behalf to express concern about Husam’s situation and the blockade of Gaza. One constituent was even asked to draft a statement the congressman could read into the Congressional Record (full report coming soon).
Please take a moment now to call your representative’s office to let them know Husam El Nounou is safely home.
“Ask them to do all they can to allow more people to enter each day,” said Husam. “So far only 300/day are allowed to cross… that means it will take some 20 work days, more than a month, to bring everyone home,”
And tell them to redouble their efforts to speak out against the ongoing blockade and siege of Gaza so that 1.4 million hungry people can feed their families and go back to work.
With sincere thanks,
P.S. Thanks to 43 donors, the Rachel Corrie Rebuilding Campaign in Gaza won third place in Global Giving’s competition, and a prize from eBay of $2000!!! Raising funds for this home was the reason Husam El Nounou left his family for the U.S. – so these contributions are especially meaningful at this time.
Family from Gaza