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Other than that all of us are very much happy working here. We even celebrated the Gong Xi Fa Chai with our Chinese colleagues.. but no firecrackers only real explosions.. and had a good time…  Thank you very much for all of the kinds words and encouragements. Believe me all these are the only strength that we have to keep our working mojo up and to uphold our mental state steady..Till then take care and be strong!!!!

Gaza humanitarian mission led by my brother is currently on the second week. The expected ceasefire broke brought fresh aerial attacks sent alarming signals to my family especially my parents who continuosly pray and give duas for the safety of my brother and others from the Mercy’s team. This is an update of the current situation uploaded from his exschoolmate group website.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Dear all,
After 11 days of being away, finally news from Boot himself:

“All of the team members have been evacuated safely and now back in Cairo. Inside Gaza, we have passed the acute phase of the emergency medical need and we are now going for rehabilitation phase on the primary health care centre (PHC). The focus is on reconstructing the damaged infrastructure of the PHCs and to come up with some programmes on capacity building for the local medical personnel.
You have heard about the latest military escalation there and yes we experienced some missiles and drone bomb detonations that rattled our base. But the emotional and mental state of the team members are still very very strong. We will wait and see whats gonna happen after the 5th of February. Should calm arise.. we will go in again to continue our job.
Other than that all of us are very much happy working here. We even celebrated the Gong Xi Fa Chai with our Chinese colleagues.. but no firecrackers only real explosions.. and had a good time…
Thank you very much for all of the kinds words and encouragements. Believe me all these are the only strength that we have to keep our working mojo up and to uphold our mental state steady..
Till then take care and be strong!!!!
Regards,
Boot”
So.. it seems that the mission is going well.. stage one DONE!

We really hope that with the current aggression, the team won’t go back to stage one again. Ashame to have the Israelis “Un-Do” the brilliant job that the team has done! However, the local news report states minimum human casualties. We hope it stays that way..

For those interested, there’ll be a FORUM ON PALESTINE at Crown Plaza Mutiara Hotel on Thursday 5/2/09- it’s a whole day event.. please go to http://www.criminalisewar.com

Entrance Fee (at the door) is rm50- all proceeds go to the War Victims in Gaza..

God be with you, to protect and guide..

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Monday, February 2, 2009
Royal 8th in Gazza update
Dear all,
after almost 10 days of no news, here’s an update from NST:

KUALA LUMPUR, Mon:

The Mercy Malaysia medical team in Gaza has been evacuated from the war-torn city amidst fears of renewed attacks by Israel. The non-governmental organisation (NGO) said its team of six doctors safely crossed the Rafah border into Egypt at 8pm.

“The call to evacuate came at the behest of the Malaysian Embassy in Cairo,” Mercy said in a statement.

Executive council member Norazam Abu Samah said they will standby in Egypt to await further instructions from Mercy’s headquarters in Malaysia and will go back into Gaza to continue their work when the situation improves.

“In the course of our work, we do not wish to put our volunteers and staff in harm’s way,” he said.

The team, which had been stationed in Gaza since Jan 27, was tasked with implementing sustainable primary, reproductive and mental health programmes.

Norazam said he and Mercy volunteer Razi Pahlavi Abdul Aziz would be heading to Egypt to plan the organisation’s next move.

“We are monitoring the situation very closely and should be able to come up with a concrete plan of action soon,” he said.

So, bottom line- he’s safe! And though the team is facing some hurdles, they are now re-strategizing their next move!

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Updated later on 25th May 2009..

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