Reference : V-P-IL-E-03028
Date : 11/04/2017
Caption : Hebron. Portrait of a family who benefits of the ICRC family visit programme that allows them to visit one of their sons who is detained.
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : This father of 5 sons and 8 daughters was born in 1942. He used to run a grocery store in the old market in Hebron. “My shop was a 5-minute walk from the stalls; I used to stock up with fruit and vegetables there and my life and business were really successful in the old city,” he remembers.
After the Ibrahimi Mosque attack in 1994, the road that he used to take to the market was closed and cars were no longer allowed to drive into the area, obliging him to take a longer route. Later, due to the lack of customers, he decided to close the shop.
In 2000, one of his sons was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Since then, he and his family have been helped by the ICRC’s family visit programme. Despite his age and health problems, he has been looking after his four grandsons and daughter-in-law.
“The role of the ICRC is very important in my life. It has helped me see my son while he is detained. Even my wife, who is sick, was allowed to go to the prison in an ambulance coordinated by the ICRC. Without the ICRC, we would not have been able to keep seeing our son,” he says.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 5184x3456
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour