Half-Destroyed House Makes Salama Suffer in Winter

Israeli attacks have destroyed nearly half of Salama's house. Water and cold air rush in every rainy season.

Salama's house
Salama with her two grandchildren in her partially destroyed home. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, GAZA – The Israeli warplanes' attack on Gaza in May last year caused thousands of buildings to be damaged, including the house of Salama, an elderly widow who lives with her children and two grandchildren.

Most of the walls and houses of Salama were destroyed. This condition became a disaster for Salama and his family when the rain came. Rainwater often enters the house. The cold air of the night pierced the skins. The bonfire that was lit in the house could not withstand the cold. The grandson of Salama also often shivered with cold.

Salama’s family does not have adequate winter gear, which exacerbated the situation. Salama only has a thin, worn-out blanket and one warm garment for her grandson. The two grandchildren have to take turns wearing the only jacket they have.

Firdaus Guritno from ACT's Global Humanity Response team, who received the report about Salama's family, explains they cannot even afford to buy one warm cloth, let alone renovate the destroyed house.

The problem is not only in cold temperatures. Salama's house is open. Hence, many insects can enter the house. One of Salama's grandsons, who is chronically ill and lying on her thin mattress, is often swarmed by flies from outside.

"There are still many other families in Gaza who share the same fate as Salama. They are currently very dependent on international community assistance to survive," concluded Firdaus.[]