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Reference : V-P-IL-E-04053
Date : 13/06/2021
Caption : Beit Hanoun. Portrait of a little girl posing in the middle of rubble of war. As a resident of Gaza, she had to go through numerous traumatic experiences of war.
Photographer : AL RIFI, Mohammad
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website, article, 08.07.2021
"The latest escalation which broke out in May 2021 in Gaza and Israel is one of the most intense hostilities that we, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), have witnessed in the region in years. A significant and mostly invisible consequence of the escalation is the impact it has on the mental and psychosocial well-being of the people who live under recurrent cycles of violence. This is especially true for children. This 10-year-old girl (on the picture) was devastated to see her bedroom get destroyed by bombing in the latest escalation. “I kept the things that mean a lot to me in a bag near me in case I have to flee the house. Whenever I heard drones approaching, I would clutch onto the bag as hard as I could,” she says. “The moment the ceiling came crashing down on my bedroom, I felt like all of my dreams were shattered… I felt like I lost all of my beautiful memories… everything I love was destroyed in that bedroom,” she adds, choking back her tears. When her home was destroyed, her entire family had taken shelter in it. Her aunts and uncles had sought refuge at her house because they thought they’d be safer there. As the family fled the house, they separated from one another. She had to see her mother go one way, as she went the other. The screaming of kids as they ran away from their homes under the bombing still reverberates in her ears. She is still petrified by the idea that one day, she might lose one of her family members or end up alone, without a family or a roof over her head."
Original material : digital
Resolution : 6720x4480
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour