Intisar Al Sheesh is Thaer’s mother, living with him and his family in a tent, three years since their house was destroyed in the last war on Gaza
My name is Intisar Al Sheesh. I am 53 years old. I got married at the age of 18 and I gave birth to nine children. Our family consists of 11 members. My husband first started working in Israel, then he lost his job when Israel imposed a blockade and stopped Palestinians from Gaza from going to Israel.
In the last war, we got displaced and stayed in schools. We couldn’t find food or water or anything. We took refuge in schools for fear of the planes flying above us and artillery shooting at us. After that, we searched for a place to stay in and ended up renting one. My children stayed with their cousins. Later, we couldn’t pay the rent so we had to build the tents that you see now. We are living in these tents in horror and fear because of the dogs, ants and snakes that come to us.
We waited for the construction to start for three years now and still it hasn’t started yet. We are still living inside these tents and it is not a decent life. The Israelis imposed a blockade on us and we are not receiving any assistance. They cut off the electricity and there is no work for us. As you can see, everyone is sitting down doing nothing. There is no income. We hope a house will be built for us so we live inside like normal people and own things like everybody else. We hope the blockade is ended and peace prevails, so these children can grow up and work too.
Photo: Ahmad Mashharawi/NRC
4 May, 2017