Director of Al-Dameer Association for Human Rights,
By Khalil Abu Shammala
Nesma, my three-year-old daughter, feels a lot of fear when she hears planes flying in the skies of
We, the old people, are suffering psychologically as we are not afraid for ourselves but we don't know how to calm down our children, or how to explain these sonic bombs to them. "Are they fire works or a balloon blast?" they ask.
We can no longer hide the truth from them because they figured it out themselves when the four-month-old baby Iman Hijo was killed, when the Ghalia family was killed on the beach of Beit Lahiya and when six-year-old Muhammed Jamal Rouqah was killed by an Israeli strike while he was going to tell his friends that his father came back from Dubai and bought him toys and gifts.
Nesma, my three-year-old child, spoke some words I didnít want to hear as a father, never wanting my children to face such a situation. She now speaks of "shelling, airplane, tank, missile, firing, resistance and occupation".
I would have liked for Nesma, her brother Muhammed and her sister Nour to live a quiet life, enjoying their time like all other children around the world and to live all their life stages sure of a better, wonderful, active future. I would have liked them to achieve all their dreams without any fear of a glimpse that could steal the life of any one of them while they are on the street, or riding in a car, or even while walking on the beach.
All the children of
The children are enquiring about the position of the international community that doesnít raise any voice to protect them. They are astonished by this silence that gives
The children of
Will Nesma, the three-year-old child, suffer? Who will guarantee her to live without suffering psychologically through her lifetime? What will the Israelis say to Nesma? What will the international community say to Nesma while she is living in nervous shock for the rest of her life?