Saleh Issa Swedan
Saleh Issa Swedan is a 22-year-old supermarket owner. He has one baby girl, Remas, who was born during the Israeli attacks on Gaza this past summer. His brothers — Omar, Mohammed, Mahmoud, and Helal — were living in the same five-story family building at the time.
We’re not able to rebuild. We’re hardly able to pay the rent.
After what happened, we had to rent a house and my brothers and I borrowed some money and used some of the donations we received to rent space for a new supermarket, so that we could continue to support the 20 people in our family. But it’s different now. I used to know the people in my neighborhood and have regular customers.
We lived in our house for 20 years. We’re not able to rebuild. We’re hardly able to pay the rent. It is challenging to raise enough money to rent a house and supermarket in order to make a living and to continue with our lives.