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Najah al-Katnani, 55, a mother of nine from Gaza City, describes being cut off from her family in the West Bank

Najah al-Qatnani in her home in Gaza City. Photo: Olfat al-Kurd, B'Tselem, 2 Aug. 2017 I was born and raised in al-Jalazun refugee camp in the West Bank. My sister introduced me to my husband, and we
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Maryam Abu Yusef from a-Nuseirat R.C. describes coping with power and water shortages in Gaza

Maryam Abu Yusef at the family grocery store. Photo: Khaled al-'Azayzeh, B'Tselem, 13 August 2017 We’ve been suffering water and power outages for years. There was a long period when we used to receiv
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Iman Hassan Hamdan, a married mother of six, from al-Bureij Refugee Camp speaks of the daily difficulties when power is available for only a few hours a day

I’m 34 years old. I’m married and have six children: Ranin is 13, Saja, 11, Arwa, 9, Muhammad, 7, and Ibrahim is a year old. We’ve been suffering from power cuts for over ten years. In the early years
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Nibal Hashish, a 37-year-old mother of four, talks about running a household on 4 hours of power a day on average, al-Maghazi R.C.

We’ve been suffering from hours-long blackouts for the last ten years. When it started, we’d get electricity for eight hours and then have the power cut for ten to twelve hours. I would plan the house
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Khulud Jaber, a mother of five, from a-Nuseirat R.C., tells of her struggle to care for her family without a regular supply of electricity

I have five children: Iman is 13; Shahd, 12; Muhammad, 10; ‘Abd a-Rahman, 7 and Mira is two and a half. We’ve been suffering from power cuts for the past ten years. In the early days of the crisis, we
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Amal Shbeir, of Gaza, tells of her 17-year-old son’s death in Jan. 2017, after Israel refused him entry for heart surgery

Ahmad was born in 1999. A week after he was born, a neighbor of ours who is a cardiologist came over to our house to congratulate us. She told us to go to hospital because she saw Ahmad’s skin had a b
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Testimony of Jawaher a-Zaghlul whose son Hassan was shot in the leg on 13 October 2015, when he was 22, near the Gaza perimeter fence

My son Hassan dropped out of school when he was in junior high and started working as a peddler. Sometimes he sold simple things such as parsley and green herbs or clothespins at a market stall. At ot
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‘Ayesha Ibrahim, 36, describes work as blacksmith in Gaza City

I live with my husband and our children, six girls and a little boy, in a rented apartment in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood of Gaza City. We moved into this apartment a year ago and a charity pays ou
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Amal ‘Obeid, 45, describes working as a self-employed carpenter in Gaza

I’m a carpenter and have been working on my own for several years now. I was born in Gaza but in 1993, I married my cousin who lives in Ramle, in Israel. I lived with him in Ramle and we had a daughte
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Huda Abu Mustafa, 53, describes working a laborer in the Khan Yunis vegetable market

I live with my mother, who is elderly and cannot care for herself, and with my sister, who has cancer, in an apartment in Khan Yunis. For nine years now, I’ve worked carrying crates and sorting vegeta