UN’s Ging hopeful for change in Gaza

Updated: 15:16, Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Outgoing Director of UNRWA Operations in Gaza John Ging has said he is hopeful that the situation in Gaza is changing for the better.

John Ging - Outgoing Director of UNRWA Operations in Gaza

John Ging – Outgoing Director of UNRWA Operations in Gaza

Outgoing Director of UNRWA Operations in Gaza, John Ging has said he is hopeful that the situation in Gaza is changing for the better, but is afraid it is not changing fast enough.

‘There has been a change, a positive change, but unfortunately it is not changing fast enough,’ said the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East director.

‘It is a great inspiration to me that the people of Gaza continue to have hope, but we have to be honest; that hope has to be translated into reality, through action.’

Mr Ging made the comments on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland as he assessed his time in Gaza.

He said the dignity and humanity of the people of Gaza stood out for him, and not different tragedies which occurred during his time there.

Mr Ging survived two assassination attempts while in Gaza.

Mr Ging, a former officer in the Irish Defence Forces, has been appointed director of operations at the UN Office for Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

The post is the third-highest position in the UN’s humanitarian office.

UN’s Ging hopeful for change in Gaza – RTÉ News.

 

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