Testimonies

Testimonies

A year after Israeli attacks destroyed much of Gaza and killed over 2,200 Palestinians, daily life continues to be a painful challenge for many survivors still reeling from the trauma and loss. Meet six of the tens of thousands of Palestinians struggling to rebuild their lives after losing their homes, jobs, or worst of all: their loved ones. Read our latest testimonies from Gaza.

Q&A: The Killing of Nadeem Nowarah
IMEU

Q&A: The Killing of Nadeem Nowarah

On May 15, 2014, 17-year-old Nadeem Nowarah and 16-year-old Mohammad Mahmoud Odeh Abu Daher were shot and killed by Israeli Border Police about an hour apart in the same location in the occupied West Bank during protests. In both cases, surveillance video showed that the area was calm at the time and that neither teen posed any kind of threat to the police, who shot them with live ammunition.

on July 28, 2015
Reham Forgot How to Draw a Dove
Hamza Moghari

Reham Forgot How to Draw a Dove

Before the war started, Reham loved her mornings. The sun shone its beams on the eastern side of Reham’s room, where she slept. Fifteen years old at the time, Reham lived in Al-Maghazi camp in the middle of Gaza. She had long brown hair; round, black eyes; and a pretty smile. She awakened when the sun’s rays filtered through the trees.

on July 17, 2015
Sunset in Susiya
David Etherington

Sunset in Susiya

On July 2, as the sun began to drift towards the western hills behind Susiya, two large bulldozers atop ​transport carriers arrive at the entrance to the village of Susiya with a large Israeli flag flying over each transport. The first continues past the village entrance to the military outpost just down the road where the dozier is unloaded.

on July 10, 2015
Yassir Mahmoud El Haj
Jehad Saftawi, IMEU

Yassir Mahmoud El Haj

Yassir Mahmoud El Haj's house was struck by Israeli warplanes without warning during Israel’s 2014 attacks. He lost eight family members.

on July 3, 2015
Saleh Issa Swedan
Jehad Saftawi, IMEU

Saleh Issa Swedan

Saleh Issa Swedan is a 22-year-old supermarket owner. He has a one-year-old child who was born during the Israeli attacks on Gaza last summer.

on July 3, 2015
Sabah Abu Jayyab
Jehad Saftawi, IMEU

Sabah Abu Jayyab

Sabah Abu Jayyab, is a pharmacist and mother of eight children, one of whom was killed in the latest round of Israeli attacks on Gaza.

on July 3, 2015
Khalil Refa’at Abu Radiffa
Jehad Saftawi, IMEU

Khalil Refa’at Abu Radiffa

Khalil, his wife Hawwa, and their one-year-old live in a partially destroyed house as they remain unable to rebuild.

on July 3, 2015
Jehan Abu Dagga
Jehad Saftawi, IMEU

Jehan Abu Dagga

Jehan Abu Dagga is a lawyer with five children. Their home was seriously damaged by Israeli bombs last summer and they are still waiting to rebuild.

on July 3, 2015
Aysha Saeed Owda El Kurd
Jehad Saftawi, IMEU

Aysha Saeed Owda El Kurd

Aysha Saeed Owda El Kurd, a mother of five from Rafah, works as a nurse. Her son was killed during Israel's attacks on Gaza last summer.

on July 3, 2015