The People I Find: Gaza

There is a lot going on around the world right now. Last week, I received a message from my friend in Jordan who said she had found someone who wanted to share their story. Armen shared her story a few weeks ago, and it gave great perspective on what it is like to live in the Middle East. She explained to me that she was going to the hospital regularly to donate blood for those affected in the Gaza conflicts right now. When Armen went last week she was pleased to meet a man who had crosses the border seeking refuge. He didn’t want his name used at all or where he was from, but he wanted to share his story.  Armen did me the favor of interviewing him and was able to record his story. I have left it the way it is, because I wanted the integrity of the story to shine through.
GazaHere is His Unknown Story:
When I asked the old man what was his normal life before this week of the Israeli government attack on Gaza ,he started laughing he told me there was never a normal life for us ,we are living, we are always fighting and trying to survive they close the borders all the time so we starve there is no food and no water. We die with each murdered son or daughter that we have ,you know I lived in 3 houses 2 of them got bombed  from the Israeli solders  for no reason just because they want to kick us out of our land and country.
It was 3:00 pm at night, I was sleeping with my family when I heard a loud knocking at the door, bangs in the middle of the night ,we woke up terrified and scared it was the Israeli soldiers asking for my 8 year old son they wanted to take him to military prison for throwing rocks at the soldiers he blind folded me and took him while we were trying  and bagging them to let him go ,my other son died in front of me with nothing in my hands to do to help him he is 13 year old was shoot by soldiers while throwing stones at them,when a person sees his child dying front of him they lose their humanity .
People in their house when they started bombing them ,they don’t care if you are a Muslim or a Christian ,a 100 year old or a 5 year old .
Is this a life? They should come see us they should come see how we are neglected ,over here we have no food ,no water ,no electricity we have nothing.
I feel very sad the people all over the world have closed their ears and eyes ,I feel very sad they deprived me from my sons and they wounded me ,why?
My only wish is for peace we are tired I’m tired ..
rockets-hit-gaza-city-dataHe shared with me these final words of a famous saying:
All your armies, all your fighters
All your tanks, and all your soldiers
Against a boy holding a stone
Standing there all alone
In his eyes I see the sunIn his smile I see the moon
And I wonder, I only wonder
Who is weak, and who is strong?
Who is right, and who is wrong?
And I wish, I only wish
That the truth has a tongue


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