Girl amputee Rafah travels from Gaza to Ankara for treatment – ​​Middle East Monitor


Rahaf Abu Suleiman, an 11-year-old girl, has just arrived in the Turkish capital, Ankara, to continue her treatment after calling on the Turkish authorities to intervene urgently given the poor sanitary conditions in the already blocked Gaza Strip.

On August 6, Rahaf was playing with his cousins ​​near their home in the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip. Suddenly, an Israeli missile hit the area, killing five children and injuring a handful of others, including Rahaf and his 13-year-old brother, Mohammed.

As a result of a rocket fired by an F16, Rahaf lost three limbs. She lost both legs and one arm to shrapnel that hit different parts of her body, also causing damage to her eyesight.

Hours after arriving in the Turkish capital, Rahaf underwent a series of medical operations, with Turkish doctors insisting on doing as much as possible in the early hours.

‘Don’t send me back’

The most common phrase Rahaf utters while lying on her bed on the 10th floor of Sehir Hospital in Ankara is, “Don’t send me away. I want to stay and continue all my life here in Ankara. Rafah wakes up and cries continuously during the night because of his horrible nightmares.

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For Rahaf, Gaza has become a source of horror because Israeli warplanes cannot tell the difference between a child, an elderly person, a man or a woman. Every living Palestinian has been a target in Israel’s latest attacks on the Gaza blockade, with women and children paying the heaviest price. It should be noted that Israel, according to an official Palestinian study, massacred a thousand Palestinian children during the period 2009-2022.

Israel’s willingness to target Palestinians of all ages mirrors the lack of morality demonstrated by former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who once said, “A good Palestinian is a dead Palestinian.

“Where did you put my limbs?

Rafah continually mourns and asks his mother heartbreaking questions, such as, “Where are my amputated limbs now? Are they buried in a grave? Did they write my name on the grave? Did you mix them with the bodies of the martyrs? will you bury me in the same grave if I die?”

It will take months, if not years, for Rahaf to recover from these nightmares; however, her family says there could be a light at the end of the tunnel if their daughter receives the necessary treatment (smart limbs).

“But I wanted to become a nurse”

A high-achieving student in school with hopes of succeeding in the future, Rahaf dreams of becoming a nurse. She planned to become an “angel of mercy”, a term Palestinians use for nurses, but now she is surrounded daily by angels of mercy who help her through her grief.

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Hearing Rahaf scream in pain is unforgettable. A video of her screaming in agony has gone viral on social media, with Rafah complaining of pain in her eyes, legs, arms, back and neck. Every organ in Rafah’s body was hit by shrapnel from the brutal Israeli missile.

Let’s hope and pray that this little girl will be the last to be affected by Israeli war crimes.

However, the painful truth is that as long as the apartheid state continues its illegal occupation, and as long as the international community turns a blind eye to Israeli atrocities, there will be more suffering for children like Rahaf.

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