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Amna shaheen, 87, currently living in gaza city, originally from ni’ilya village near ashkelon. *
my grandfather ibrahim was the village imam and taught children the quran and some islamic subjects. girls, including myself, were of course not allowed to learn.
my father had livestock and i used to help my father. i had only one brother, who was sick.
i would chase away foxes which were always trying to get at our ducks. i used to bring some green leaves to feed the livestock, including some from our sycamore tree. my father also used to trade watermelon and we would store those watermelons under the tree.
it was when we heard the news of deir yassin that villagers began to flee. on the day the militants came to throw us out, i remember my cousin and i were washing potatoes.
two months after we fled, my father was killed. by then we were living in the jabaliya refugee camp in gaza. he had bought two cows and was about to go and buy some straw and fodder for the cows. but at that time, israeli military jeeps were on patrol and the soldiers began shooting. he was shot four times.
even if they offered me hundreds of millions of dollars, i will not concede my right of return to my home in palestine. what would i do with this money?
reportage by rami almeghari and photo by @mohammedasad84
from "stories of the catastrophe: palestine" by rami almeghari, mohammed asad and anne paq on electronicintifada.net. link in bio.
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