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Denied Cement, Re-Building with Mud

RAFAH (Gaza- Palestine), May 7 (IPS) – Jihad el-Shaar is pleased with his mud-brick house in the Moraj district of Gaza. The 80-square metre home is a basic one-storey, two-bedroom design, with a small kitchen, bathroom and sitting room, made mostly with mud and straw.

“My wife and our four daughters and I were living with family, but it was overcrowded, impossible. We knew we had to build a home of our own,” Shaar said. “We waited over two years for cement but because of the siege there is none available. What could we do, wait forever?”

So he decided to do it with mud.

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beatriz said...

I was thinking of the discussion following this article in Facebook, posted by "Architects for Gaza".
The discussion centered around the issue of a reconstruction taking place under siege. The siege prevents a "normal" reconstruction from the point of view of access to aid and basic choices by the people affected by this war--such as building materials.

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