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The air is polluted; it's full of dust and gases...

January 12, 2009

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Reem: "The first thing I do after I wake up is check on my family and our house; make sure that everything is alright. I also call my friends and check on them, for example today I called the leaders of the Why Not? program. They are all fine, but their relatives either got injured or their houses got damaged; everyone is terrified.

"Our neighbors have a baby girl she's one year old, she has been waking up in the middle of the night saying that her things are bombarded...this is very sad.

"We had stored food and my father goes shopping for the basic things during the short cease fire, but still it's not very safe to go out during the cease fire. Moreover, we are running out of cash; there are no salaries and no money at the banks…No aid is coming in to Gaza from INGOs.

"The air is polluted; it's full of dust and gases, people are scared, our building is empty, there is no life, the city is empty and haunted if you will.

"We have never experienced such a thing, we are considering moving to another country if possible and just leave everything in Gaza. We cannot sleep and we do not know if we will wake up the next morning. But the thing is that at the moment it is very difficult to leave home and go somewhere else especially that everywhere in Gaza is not safe anymore."