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Author: Brian Ries
UN Official Breaks Down Over Appalling Gaza Crisis on Live TV
As spokesman for the the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, Chris Gunness has certainly seen his share of tragedy in the past few weeks in Gaza. Appearing on Al Jazeera Arabic to condemn the attack, Gunness said on Wednesday, "The rights of Palestinians, even their children, are wholesale denied and it's appalling." NPR News Middle East correspondent Deborah Amos, who got to know Gunness while covering the Syrian uprising, told Mashable that she isn't surprised he wept on TV. "The guy feels everything that is happening on the ground," Amos said. Beginning in the late-80's Gunness worked for the BBC World Service Eastern Service, according to a bio on the BBC's website, where he reported on Burma's pro-democracy uprisings. "The Burmese people themselves rose up," Gunness reflected of the experience in 2003. Then Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, and Gunness had a front-row seat, as the global body negotiated its first Iraq crisis. In 1994, Gunness jumped to the United Nations, where he became the organization's spokesman stationed in the Balkans during the war in Bosnia. Gunness would return to the BBC for another decade before heading back to the United Nations, eventually landing with UNRWA in Gaza.

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