What children have been through will affect their worldview when they grow up. January 23, 2009
Hothayfa: "I am starting to feel the effect now after the war is over. I learned to be patient, to help my family and neighbors. I became aware of so many things. I learned that there were things, which I thought are important but now I know they are secondary.
Some people cannot even figure where their house was because all the buildings are damaged. January 20, 2009
Hothayfa: "The situation is better. People go out and life is getting back to normal. People are repairing their homes, and those whose homes were totally damaged are staying with friends or family or staying in tents. I went out with my friends to see the destruction.
I just hope that after all our losses something good will come out. January 18, 2009
Hothayfa: "The doors and windows in our house are broken, and there are bullets in the walls. My father, brothers and I are cleaning up the house and trying to fix things because we cannot live in it without windows or doors.
We want to feel that someone is supporting us. January 14, 2009
Hothayfa: "Last night was terrible; we only slept for an hour and a half or so. Some areas were bombed — we still don't know exactly were — but we know that the graveyard, the park, and downtown Gaza were hit. My dad and I went to the graveyard to check on my grandma's grave.
This is an incident that I will never forget. January 13, 2009
Hothayfa: "My family and I are now staying with my grandparents; our neighbors informed us that two days ago a house close to ours was bombarded and that our windows are broken and some walls are destroyed.
People don't believe in justice and law anymore because all of what is happening January 9, 2009
Hothayfa: "Yesterday between one and four o'clock when the attacks were halted I went to my friend's home, and at 3:50 p.m. the attacks were resumed so I was stuck there until 8 p.m. when my uncle took the risk and came to pick me up.
Our house is close to many targets... January 8, 2009
Hothayfa: "Our house is close to many targets, we do not want to leave our home, but we are really scared, we cannot sleep, especially lately after the random bombardment. The whole family is staying in the safest room in the house, but today we moved in to my grandparents' house.