It's often cold and rainy in the Gaza Strip in February, and 1949 was no different. The pelting winter rains had arrived and so had Al Holtz.
Al recalls stepping off the military train into Gaza town, "You couldn't see a thing. Jet black. Kelly [Peckham] and I jumped off the train with our little satchels and stood there and looked around a minute. There were something close to a quarter million refugees in Gaza by the time we arrived, plus the local population."
In 1949, because of the experience AFSC gained in helping to resettle hundreds of thousands of refugees and displaced persons following World War II, the United Nations asked the Committee to organize relief efforts for Palestinian Arab refugees coming into the Gaza Strip. This continued until the United Nations Relief Works Agency began its operations on May 1, 1950.
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