I cannot ask a child to forget how helpless he was watching his family die. January 23, 2009
Derar: "The war in Gaza taught me that I am responsible toward my country as well as my family and my friends. I believe that we are the only ones who must stand up for our rights and I believe that there are many ways to do that. War is not the only choice.
My worry is to let the world know about what happened in Gaza. January 20, 2009
Derar: "We are back to our house. We are repairing the damage. Tal El Hawa is destroyed, but things will get back to normal in two or three days.
I hope nothing changes, that's enough... January 12, 2009
Derar: "Nothing new or special the days are the same... After I wake up I get dressed, I have breakfast, I read or write and if we have electricity I watch television or use the internet, I sometimes see one of my friends who lives close by. I hope nothing changes, that's enough..."
It feels like we are besieged... January 10, 2009
Derar: "There is an escalation.
The situation is better today... January 7, 2009
Derar: "The situation is better today, but it still feels like something might happen."
On the first day the attacks started, I was studying for my exams. January 6, 2009
Derar: "On the first day the attacks started, I was studying for my exams. My family and I had to leave our home and go to southern Gaza. But after the incursion, the situation became more difficult and much more terrifying. The sound of the shelling is louder, the tanks are closer….