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July 24, 2014 No Comments

In Arabic: Gaza’s ‘birthplace of saints and death-yard of angels’

غزة مكان ولادة القديسين وساحة موت الملائكة


لا أستطيع ان اقتلع صورة نعمة من ذهني، نعمة التي لا تبلغ من العمر الا سنتين . فجمجمتها وانفها المكسوران، اورثاها تقيحات كبيره بحجم عيني الباندا، مما اغلق عينيها الصغيرتين على نحو فعال.

فمنذ أن اصيبت خلال قصف مدفعي اسرائيلي قبل خمسة أيام، لم تنطق بكلمة واحدة وتبدو كأنها بكماء دون ان ندري إذ كان ذلك سيكون مؤقتا ام الى الابد .

اما نور الدين فقد اصيب بشظية صاروخ اطلق من طائرة اف 16 حينما كان يلعب في شارع مزدحم . ففي ذلك الانفجار جرح اكثر من 45 شخصا وقتل اثنين، معظمهم من الاطفال.

وأخيرا، وللحظة واحدة ، مها التي تهشم ظهرها وترضرض وجهها،  قد ذبلت تحت خرقة غطاء بسيط ، فأوساخ الشارع لا تزال متشبثة بقدميها. انها (more…)

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