The bloodshed in Gaza pierces even the most professional of facades. A UN spokesman talking with Al Jazeera about the deaths of children in Gaza simply couldn't take it anymore.
Chris Gunness first pauses. But he's unable to collect himself and what happens next so perfectly encapsulates what so many feel about the war between Israel and Hamas.
Gunness works for the UN Relief and Works Agency, which supports Palestinian refugees. The UN is especially reeling after rocket fire hit a UN school sheltering Palestinians Wednesday; 15 were killed.
As the casualties continue to pile up, we're in danger of numbers becoming meaningless. Gunness' honest reaction to innocent lives snuffed out in seconds is a stark reminder of what this war means for the people caught in the crossfire.
"There are sometimes moments when tears speak more eloquently than words. But my tears pale into insignificance compared with those of the people of Gaza. What is happening in Gaza, particularly to the children, is an affront to the humanity of all of us," Gunness told The Independent.
"The injustice of it all is enough to make any heart burst."
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