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Rafah Today: Demolishing Houses
Mohammed Omer • 11 November 2003

This is the situation in the Rafah Refugee Camps: after invading Yebna Camp in Rafah and demolished all it's houses, after Hai Al Salam area was also demolished, and after Al Brazil refugee camp had been demolished, yesterday, they demolished 21 houses, and killed a child, Shadi Abu Anza - 14 years old. He was killed while trying to get out of his house when Israeli bulldozers attacked. Many others were injured in the same attack.

Yes, demolishing houses has become something normal for this world ... demolishing houses means killing dreams. They are demolishing 21 newly built houses right now while the driver of the bulldozer was in his bulldozer and the people were running in the streets. It was raining heavily.

I forget all things, but I can't forget yesterday's attack which still, up till this moment, I cannot erase the image of this women who was carrying her baby child and running in the street about a few meters from the Israeli bulldozers. She was running in the heavy rain, and then she stopped in the middle of the street when the small blanket that covered her baby child fell. She stopped to pick her small blanket up from the ground but the bullets were shooting all around her hands ... A question came in my mind during those moments: what did she do to deserve all this torture?

It is now raining in Rafah. The weather is getting colder and colder, and it is really hard to understand. Yesterday this man before me was living in his house, but this morning, his life has been completely changed when I found him living in his small tent with no clothes, water, food, electricity or anything ... just the things that they have is this tent that he got from UN which wasn’t able to protect him from the rain or the cold wither..

It is time for you just to feel in the tragedy and how living in tents during winter is going to be.















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