Reference : V-P-IL-E-03245
Date : 13/03/2019
Caption : Nablus.This woman lost her father in September 2014.
Photographer : SYNENKO, Alyona
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC web site, article of 28.05.2019: Time does not heal the wound - it teaches you to live with it

Losing someone you love is the worst nightmare every human being dreads. When you lose a loved one to conflict and violence, there is more than pain. There is anger and frustration. There is trying to make sense of a senseless loss, that leaves a gaping hole in your heart for the rest of your life.
For several decades, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been wreaking havoc in people’s lives. Members of the Parents Circle, an Israeli-Palestinian organisation of families, who have lost a family member to the ongoing conflict, share their stories of grief hoping that no other family has to live the horror they have been through.

"I was born blind. My father was my eyes. I remember how he tied my shoes, how he carried me. He worked as a taxi driver. I was seventeen at the time. On that September morning in 2004, I was in a hurry and left the house without giving him a kiss. I was at home studying when a neighbour came to tell me my father was shot by a settler on a minor road. I ran out of the house forgetting to wear a hijab. There were many people gathered in the street, women, men. I heard someone saying that the man died. I felt as if I was submerged in very cold water. I started to cry.
Until I touched him, I didn’t believe he was dead. No matter how much time passes, the pain does not change or go away. You learn to live with it. I still remember his voice, his touch. I don’t want anybody to go through this", she explains.
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Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : black and white