- Published on Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:22
Palestinian citizen Zuhair al-Namnam, 47, from al-Shate' refugee camp in Gaza, was happily surprised when he received keys to the house in Khan Younes city.
UNRWA handed Zuhair the key during an organised festival, where it also gave 223 houses, constructed and funded by the Dutch government with 7.2 million dollars, to Palestinians whose houses were demolished during the war on Gaza in 2008.
Al-Namnam who is the sole provider for his family that consist of 11 members, spent more than seven years suffering and moving from one place to another in search of a home. His suffering was published in a Palestinian newspaper in an article titled "10 members sleep in one room in a house doesn't exceed 39 meters."
The UNRWA has been paying the rent for the family since 2004, then when the Department of Engineering in the agency decided they were unable to build a new house in the same spot due to the house's small size, and because the house is very close to the neighbours', they instead offered to construct a new house for the family in Khan Younes instead.