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    Posted July 15, 2014 by
    adeleraemer
    Location
    Eshkol Region, Israel
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Israel-Gaza conflict

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    Running for My Life

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     adeleraemer has lived in Israel near the Gaza border since 1975 and frequently shares stories about living near the border. Her kibbutz is evacuating anyone who wants to leave the area, but so far, she's planning to stay and look after her dogs. Read more about the conflict between Israel and Gaza on CNN.
    - rachel8, CNN iReport producer

    I live in a kibbutz (a communal village) on the border with the Gaza Strip. We are in the middle of an ongoing conflict that, as much as we would like it to, seems depressingly endless.

     

    As a widow, I live on my own. My children have grown and flown the nest, so it’s just me and my two little dogs who currently fill my compact kibbutz home. One of my dogs is especially skittish at the best of times. Winter thunder and, of course, the sounds of war that currently surround us, send her whimpering and drooling in fear. In order to try and alleviate her fears a bit, during this especially trying period, I asked a veterinary student from my community to bring her a pill that will alleviate her fears. This afternoon, around 7 p.m., I went to pick up the pills.

     

    In order to document the reality of the Red Alert, I keep my phone camera running as I walk outside. There is precious little time (only around 10 seconds) from when the alert begins, to get to safety. That does afford not enough of a window of opportunity to turn the camera on when the warning starts, while running at the same time, to try to capture the experience of living under fire, with our life-saving PA system announcing “Tseva Adom, Tseva Adom” (Red Alert).

     

    The attached clip gives you a taste of what we live with here these days, and have been living with for the past 11 years.

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