Reference : V-P-IL-E-03029
Date : 11/04/2017
Caption : Hebron. Portrait of a woman who benefited of the family visit programme of the ICRC that allowed her to visit her son who was detained in Israel.
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : This 86 years old woman has 8 sons and 7 daughters. She got married in 1949 and lived with her husband in a cave in winter and a room covered with a tarpaulin and tree branches in summer. She used to fetch water from a cistern located several hundred meters from her house. “It was a simple but hard life, but we did not have problems with anyone,” she remembers.
In the early 1980s, one of her sons was arrested. “The ICRC helped my family not only to visit my son in prison, but it was also the first organisation that coordinated access for ambulances day and night for family members in need during the second Intifada,” she recalls..
She still keeps all the ICRC detention permits that she used in the 1980s and 1990s to visit her detained son.
She reads an ICRC Red Cross message, dated 5 June 1992, that she received from her son, who was detained for many years in Israel. “I visited my son through the ICRC‘s family visit programme for more than 10 years. I still have all his messages and they are part of my memories. I also remember my pilgrimage to Mecca with my husband that was coordinated by the ICRC with the Israel Defence Forces,” she says.
Part of her house was demolished in 2000, due to the lack of a permit. “During the tight restrictions on movement after the second Intifada broke out, in September 2000, the ICRC helped the water trucks to get access as well as those bringing in farm produce for us. They also brought us regular food parcels and coordinated access for us and the other farmers to our olive trees,” she remembers.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 3456x5184
Orientation : portrait
Colour/B&W : colour