Third evacuation list, no Poles. “None of us deserved this nightmare”
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I left the room because I didn’t want to talk in front of the baby. My daughter doesn’t know yet, says Wael Oukal, a doctor who has been living in Poland since 1986. His daughter does not know that her seventeen-year-old cousin died yesterday in the Gaza Strip. This year she was supposed to take her final exams and start her adult life. This life won’t happen anymore. Like many other lives.
Samira, aunt of three children stuck in the Gaza Strip and waiting for rescue: – When we last talked to them, they said they heard bombs and couldn’t sleep. They sent us photos and their recordings. They wrote so that we would always remember them.
Joanna el Nakhal, a Pole who, together with her family, cannot get out of the Gaza Strip: – Children do not sleep because when they fall asleep, their own screams wake them up. When they hear the sounds of explosions, they begin to shake violently. They wet themselves with fear. My youngest grandson sits on my lap almost all the time. When he hits something anywhere, he immediately pees under himself from fear. We miss everything. We do not have electricity. We charge our phones from time to time using car batteries, but they run out. We have no food. We only eat dates and drink filtered sea water.
Joanna is one of 28 Polish citizens who remain in the bloody conflict zone, waiting for evacuation. On Tuesday, several of them sent a letter to the Polish media asking for help. We quote the statements of Joanna el Nakhal, Samira and Barbara, a Pole whose husband is currently in the Gaza Strip, from this letter.
Reuters reports that 7,500 people with foreign passports are expected to leave the Gaza Strip in the next two weeks. – In two weeks, we can probably go to pick up the body – says Mariusz, who is close to Mrs. Joanna.
– I left the room because I didn’t want to talk in front of the child. The daughter doesn’t know yet – this is how Wael Oukal, a doctor who has been living in Poland since 1986, begins the telephone conversation.
His daughter does not yet know that her seventeen-year-old cousin died yesterday in the Gaza Strip. She died as a result of severe injuries she suffered during a bomb attack. For two weeks she lay in the hospital’s intensive care unit, struggling to breathe. Unsuccessfully.
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