Gaza's Traumatized Children Talk About Their Feelings
By Sameh A. Habeeb
ccun.org, February 12, 2009
Having nowhere to hide even inside UN-run schools, the
Israeli target, more than 215 children have been killed so far
Israel's ongoing military offensive against the sealed off Gaza
But for many, that's not the worst part of the nightmare.
Having lost a father, mother, brother, sister, uncle, aunt,
neighbor, about every child in the bombed-out costal
enclave has been
traumatized and will keep physical and mental scars
IslamOnline. net has interviewed several children to
talk about their
feelings regarding Israeli onslaught.
I hate this war and I hear that Israel will come to our house
I always get nightmares of rockets hitting my house. I
dreamt of my
father being killed by one of the rockets and my mother
got her neck
In the nightmare, I was searching for
my brothers who were taken far
away by the Israeli tanks.
I'm unhappy and I want to play again in my house. I hope no bad
I don't like darkness. It's when
the sounds of bad things come out.
Ahmed Elwan, 6
are afraid. I saw many children killed.
Rockets came near my
house. My younger sister cried ardently and my
mother also. My dad
was in my grandmother' s house.
I don't want to be afraid but I
want to be strong man for my mother
I'm used to the sound of bombings, but this time
it gets louder and
I live in Al-Shati refugee camp
in Gaza where some houses around us
were destroyed. Many people were
killed. Our own home was hit by
The problem is my
brother, Nader, who started to suffer from
involuntary urination. He
gets up crying when he hears the sound of
Zeyda Nima, 12
I am not afraid of the bombings or the rockets,
no of course, but my
I don't care for these
sounds but my sister was taken to the hospital
because she is not
hearing very well now because of the air raids and
The young boy was too traumatized to speak. His
mother, Zinat, said
that since the beginning of the Israeli attacks,
he has been
suffering from involuntary urination out of fear of the
Yehia also suffers from nightmares every night.
Muhammad Jmasi, 6
I get scared from the sound of
bombings when it comes near my home.
I go to my Dad and he tries
to comfort me. But, when my dad is not
around, my brothers and I
become very afraid.
I want to play again with my friends on the
street and I want to have
new ball to play soccer.
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