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#35 Mariam Al-Saifi
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#35 Mariam Al-Saifi

Mariam Al-Saifi was born in al-Walaja in 1944.

The Israelis started shooting at us. We heard a lot of shooting för several days, especially at night. One day people told us that the Israeli army was approaching from Beit Safafa. The shooting got louder and I was afraid. My mum and dad told us to get up and start preparing ourselves. My father carried his mother over his back. She was in her 80´s and panicked. She was afraid and weak. He also carried a small bag of flour. My oldest brother, Mustafa, carried some olive oil. My mother carried my little brother, 10 months old. And I grabbed my fathers hand.

Photo and interpreter: Shereen Nanish

Recorded in Amman, Jordan, 2019.

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