Today’s feature in the Guardian’s “Global Development” blog sheds light on pollution in the Gaza Strip from the perspective of its most vulnerable residents–its children.  Primary school children from al-Zarqa, one of Gaza’s poorest areas, created pictures to illustrate their hopes and wishes for clean, safe neighborhoods in which to live, go to school and play.  One nine year old student who drew a picture of house surrounded by flowers said “we do not have a good sewage system in my street and because of this we suffer a lot from crawling insects and mosquitoes. I wish we lived in more safety.” Another nine year old wished for “cleaner beaches so that everyone could enjoy them.”

Although we tend to focus on medical care when think of Palestine’s health-related problems, environmental health is just as critical to the well-being of the population.  Environmental health includes the air we breathe…

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