In Gaza, displaced women recount lives upended by war | India News – Times of India

 In Gaza, displaced women recount lives upended by war | India News - Times of India

Israeli military adventure in deadly response Hamas attacks On October 7, the lives of most, if not all, residents of Gaza bandage
Israeli forces have launched a bombing campaign and ground attacks on Gaza since the attack by Hamas militants – the deadliest in Israel’s 75-year history.
About 1,140 people were killed, most of them civilians, according to AFP figures based on official Israeli figures.
In Hamas-run Gaza, at least 20,258 people have been killed in Israel’s retaliation, according to the health ministry.
The United Nations estimates that the fighting has displaced 1.9 million of Gaza’s population of 2.4 million.
AFP spoke to three Palestinian women who described how the conflict has destroyed their lives.
– Noor Al-Wahidi, 24, medical intern –
Wearing a stethoscope around his neck, Wahidi recalled spending 38 straight days treating patients in horrific conditions at Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, which has been raided by Israeli forces.
“I’ve worked on spur-of-the-moment growth over the past two years, but that’s all about it war It’s different: the length, the number of casualties, the severity of the injuries, the displacement,” he said.
For a month now, Wahidi has been sharing an apartment with 20 members of his extended family, having been displaced twice since the war began.
A medical intern works in the emergency ward of a Kuwaiti hospital in Rafah, south of the besieged area.
“Every day, I face pain I never thought I’d see,” she said.
Some of his relatives took refuge in a school for Palestinian refugees run by the United Nations agency UNRWA, while others stayed in Gaza.
Wahidi is cut off from all contact with those left behind in Gaza City as the grid is often down and communications are often interrupted.
“Before, I was at home with everything I needed. Now I am in this strange place, without water or food,” she said.
“The situation is catastrophic.”
He also warned that “there has been a rapid spread of disease”.
Yet, she tries to convince herself that others have it worse.
“After work, I can go home, I can cook and make a fire. When there is water, I wash my hands,” she said, counting her blessings.
“We had to think about water and food supplies, and how to charge our phones — things we never thought about before,” he added.
“No one deserves to live like this.”
– Sandus Al Baid, 32, housewife –
Baid is from Gaza City but now lives in a tent outside the Kuwaiti hospital in Rafah.
She shares the space with her journalist husband and three children.
“Our lives have been turned upside down. It’s been a total 180,” he said.
His family has been displaced several times since leaving Gaza City.
They first fled south to the central city of Deir al-Balah. However, the homeowners who took them in soon asked them to leave.
Baid told AFP it was “out of fear that journalists would be targeted by Israeli attacks”.
“I cried so much… I didn’t know what to do,” she said.
They set out again for Khan Yunis in the south, but their plans failed once more. The Israeli army issued an evacuation order for residents in the area, sending them further south near the Egyptian border.
With what little food she can find, Baid prepares food for her children but they refuse to eat: “The food is spoiled and gone.”
Baid said life has become “difficult, like being separated from family, like memories”.
“We were happy before and had a stable life. We dreamed of building a big house. I want (that life) back.”
– Lynn Rick, 17, student –
Rick lives in a makeshift camp in Rafah with her parents, brother, four sisters and niece.
“My life was so boring, I used to complain. The war changed everything,” she said.
His family left their home in Khan Yunis the day after the war began.
“We took a picture of the crying house,” Rick said.
He stayed with one of his sisters for some time. When it became too dangerous there, they left for Nasir Hospital in the city before being wound up in Rafah.
“I thought we’d go home after a week. It’s been over 70 days now and we’re still not back.”
The young man said he had lost seven kilograms (15 pounds) since the war began. She has been sick several times and was taken to the emergency room after fainting.
Today, his diet consists mainly of canned food, with only the occasional piece of bread.
“I never imagined my life would look like this… Before the war, I used to bathe every day,” she said.
“Now, if I’m lucky, I’ll bathe in the mosque once a week, at the designated ablution sinks — if there’s any water,” she added.
Rick fears for his friends and his life.
She aspires to become a journalist and hopes to be able to travel abroad to fulfill her dream.
“I wish I could go back to the life I had before, which I didn’t like,” she said.

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