Jehan Abu Dagga

July 03, 2015 Jehad Saftawi, IMEU
Jehan Abu Dagga

Jehan Abu Dagga is a lawyer. Her home was seriously damaged by Israel’s most recent offensive in Gaza.

Jehan has five children: Weam, 8 years old; Jana, 7; Ghena, 5; Hala, 4; and Adham, 3.

Now I wish I didn’t study law. Maybe if I was a nurse, it would be better so I could help in these situations.

In the first ceasefire after that terrifying night, which was only for three hours, I asked my husband to go to our house to bring our official papers, IDs, and passports. When he returned, he told me that our home was bombed but it wasn’t completely destroyed.

I sold my jewelry to build the house we wanted and now we don’t have enough to rebuild it. My husband is a farmer and we don’t have that kind of money.

I studied law and I worked as a lawyer but I stopped to stay with my children. Now I wish I didn’t study law. Maybe if I was a nurse, it would be better so I could help in these situations.

The most challenging moment of my life was when I had to choose a safe room in the house to put my children in for the many days while we were stuck inside during the attacks.

The day I wait for the most, the day that I will be happy, is the day I see my children graduating from university. And I will make sure to provide them a good education — if we live.