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Some people cannot even figure where their house was because all the buildings are damaged.

January 20, 2009

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Hothayfa: "The situation is better. People go out and life is getting back to normal. People are repairing their homes, and those whose homes were totally damaged are staying with friends or family or staying in tents. I went out with my friends to see the destruction. Some people cannot even figure where their house was because all the buildings are damaged. Even the American school was bombarded.

"After the ceasefire we went to our home to see what happened and what needs to be fixed. The windows and doors are broken; the third and fourth floor are partially damaged. Therefore we decided to move to the first floor, and yesterday we moved back to home. I also met my friends.

"It seems like the war is over, the discourse is different. There is support for a ceasefire and the main concern is rehabilitation. Many things are going to change now. The university and the institutions I used to go to are bombarded so my daily routine will definitely change. Moreover, my ideas and thoughts have changed. Before the war, I only wanted to live a normal life and I did not pay attention to politics. Now we want our rights and we have to demand them, because we - the civilians - suffered."