- Posted August 18, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Protests around the world
- Russian Federation –Gay rights activist Lena Klimova convicted of promoting "non traditional sexual relations"
- Uganda - Attack on human rights defenders Gerald Kankya and Simon Amanyire allegedly coordinated by local police commander
- Cambodia – Convictions upheld against 11 land rights defenders
- Burundi - leading journalist jailed after reporting murder of 3 elderly Italian nuns
- Mauritania - leading anti slavery campaigner jailed for two years
Letter from Gaza - I am the channel through which information reaches the office and the world so I keep working
"When I go out, I'm afraid of being bombed, or that a nearby building or the street I'm in will be bombed. But I am the channel through which information reaches the office, and from there – the world, so I haven't stopped working".
My name is Muhammad Sabah. I am one of B'Tselem's three field researchers in Gaza. I live in a-Rimal neighborhood in Gaza City with my wife, Sirin, and our three daughters: Hala, 7 years old, Rose, 5, and Haya, two-and-a-half.
I've being working with B'Tselem for eight years, during which time I personally experienced and professionally researched several of Israel's military operations. I think that this operation is the toughest I've been through. At first, we thought it would be a matter of days. But it just isn't stopping.
By now, I've looked into the cases of more than 1,000 fatalities. Everything and everywhere is being bombed: schools, hospitals, homes. Nowhere is safe. Even our neighbourhood was bombed, although it’s considered one of the safest in Gaza and many people fled here to shelter with relatives.
Last Sunday, 3 August, a building next to ours was hit. We heard several explosions, and the last one was the loudest. I looked out of my daughters' bedroom window and saw a neighbour waving to get my attention and pointing at our building. I made sure my daughters, my wife, and my father and sisters (who fled Rafah to shelter with us) were all right, and went out to see what had happened. A shell had hit our building, one floor below us.
Luckily, the people who live there were not at home at the time. Since the war began, they have spent most of the time out in the hallway or stairwell. They sleep there, too.
I'm in a constant state of fear. When I'm at home, I fear for myself, my wife and my daughters. When I go out, I'm afraid of being bombed, or that a nearby building or the street I'm in will be bombed. But I am the channel through which information reaches the office, and from there – the world, so I haven't stopped working.
I go out to research the many incidents in which people were killed or injured. As a human rights worker, it is my job and my duty".
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