Palestine; photographer; Gaza; occupation; GreatMarchofReturn; women; idp
Reham Qudaih – 14 year old girl from Khan Yunis in Gaza - her father participated in the Gaza protest “The Great March of Return” on Friday 30th March 2018 and he was shot in the leg. She is now suffering from nightmares and flashbacks from the previous wars in Gaza.
"My name is Reham Tareg Gdeih, eighth grade. I am 14 years old. A student at Dalia al-Karmen school. My hobby is drawing.
I participated along with my mother and siblings in “Al-Awda camp” in Khuza’a. We participated in peaceful demonstrations, without throwing any rocks, we were only there watching. We went there because we wanted to retrieve our rights that were taken from us by the occupation. They took our lands, our rightful lands, our farms, they stripped us of all of our rights. Our right to live in peace and safety. They took this all away from us. The right to live a good dignified life. My right to live in safety. My right to live with dignity. My right to live in peace and safety.
On Thursday, we went to the borders, in Khuza’a in “Al-Awda camp” to take back our rights which were taken from us by the occupation. Our right to live. The siege/embargo caused us many problems; such as poverty and bad economic situation, and problems at home, and lack of a safe, dignified and peaceful life.
My father has a hearing problem, he is hearing impaired, and this issue has affected him, and we cannot afford his treatment. And this has also affected us at school, as we had to go to private centres. We do not have a dignified, safe or peaceful life.
We went on Thursday to participate in peaceful demonstrations, and then we returned home. The next day, my father went to Khuza’a area. We received news that he was injured in his foot. We were scared and upset. We were afraid that his leg would be amputated, or that he becomes a “martyr” or something bad might happen to him, because he is our breadwinner, he makes a living for us.
We were very shocked, and I was having terrifying nightmares that he martyred or that something bad happened to him.
In 2014, we fled to schools because of the war and embargo on the Gaza Strip. When we returned to school, NRC along with the guide, gave us instructions to be relaxed, to rest and to be in a safe place, a safe house. I had those and my mother was with me.
After my father got injured, we did not have money to spend, and so we borrowed money from my uncle to get him his treatment, to provide him with treatment. His treatment was extremely expensive and we could not find such treatment here.
Despite my father’s injury, we will continue to participate in the peaceful demonstrations of the “Return/al-Awda” to take back our rights that were taken from us by the occupation. To claim our rights, and claim back our lands
I, as a Palestinian child, I address my message to all children of the world, that we are the only state living under siege - imposed by the occupation.
We do not have electricity nor do we have rights or food or drink, and no treatment or “games.” We want to have a dignified life. We only wish to participate in peaceful demonstrations, to take back the rights that were taken from us by the occupation.
I saw my father on the ground “martyred” in the dream, and so I woke up screaming. I was very afraid but when I woke up I knew that this was a dream, I realised that it was a dream, a nightmare. I had this nightmare more than once."
Photo: Ahmed Mashharawi/NRC