December 19, 2014
UN official breaks down on live TV over Gaza 'appalling' situation
Chris Gunnes is a spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). He granted a live interview to Al Jazeera and collapsed into uncontrollable tears as he described the deadly shelling of a UN school in Gaza.
“The rights of Palestinians, even their children, are wholesale denied and its appalling,” Gunnes begins telling. Soon he starts clearing his throat and can't avoid breaking down. The camera pans away. Still, viewers can hear him sobbing.
Later, the UN official and former BBC reporter referred to the episode.
“My feelings pale into insignificance compared to the enormity of the tragedy confronting each and every other person in Gaza at this time. It’s important to humanize the statistics and to realize that there is a human being with a heart and soul behind each statistic and that the humanity that lies behind these statistics should never be forgotten.”