Manarah Qudaih - her husband was shot in the leg during the 'Great March of Return' in Gaza
Manarah Qudaih – her husband Tareq Qudaih was shot while he participated in the Gaza protest “The Great March of Return” on Friday 30th March 2018.
"Our life was difficult at the beginning, but it was fine. He [father] used to play with the children, they would get happy, but after he got injured, he couldn’t move. The children wouldn’t ask him for anything like they used to before.
He goes every day to attend the demonstrations. He doesn’t have lunch with us every Friday. He leaves in the morning and returns in the evening.
He says: “This is my country, I want to defend my country, I want to retrieve my land,”
I was sitting and then got tensed. It was the first time I get worried about him though he goes out every day.
My neighbour came to visit and I told her that I was worried about Tareq. She told me to have faith in God. I went out when a young girl came to me saying: “Hurry up auntie, Tareq got shot,” I asked her: “Who told you?” she replied: “My father did,” I started screaming, the children weren’t around me. They came to me after hearing me screaming asking what was wrong, I told them that their father got shot but I didn’t know how or where.
I got changed and I rushed to see him. I saw his siblings and asked them what happened, they said Tareq got shot but it is not serious. I asked them not to hide anything from me. I thought he was dead. Then I went to the hospital and I found him in a difficult situation.
The children started crying, they were very worried about their father. I calmed them down and told them: “He is fine, you just need to pray for him,” Reham’s face turned yellow and she was scared and started trembling. She was the most affected because she loved her father so much.
At the beginning they used to obtain high grades and they used to study without fear. But after their father got shot, their psychological state changed and their grades went down.
They started wondering how we will live, who will feed us and who will take care of us after our father got injured.
He used to leave the house in the morning and return in the evening earning 25 shekels. What about now? How will he earn these? How will he get the children’s allowance? Food? Treatment? Clothes?
She used to ask me about her father. I would tell her that he is fine. She used to have bad dreams at night and scream: “Dad, dad,” I would advise her the next morning to do the exercises she learnt in school, to relax so she calms down."
Photo: Ahmed Mashharawi/NRC