World Humanitarian Day – Gaza nurse injured in war: “I had to help others”
19 August 2015, Jerusalem – “On July 21, I felt lucky,” recalled Iman Abu Jaiab, a 33-year-old nurse from Nusseirat refugee camp in Gaza. It was 2 weeks into the summer 2014 war in Gaza. “I had found transportation easily from my home to my job in al Aqsa Hospital,” she said, “and I had only one patient in the intensive care unit that morning.”
There were many health workers in Gaza like Iman, who left the comfort of their families to travel on unsafe roads to help others in hospitals and clinics during the crisis. “Many times my children were in danger and I had to help them but to help others as well. I never thought about the hospital being hit,” Iman remembered.