Wednesday, May 29, 2024

“On Eid, we are burying more of our beloved”: Voice notes from Gaza

“Eid this time will just be about burying more of our beloved,” says Abubakar, a resident of Gaza who has survived six months of genocide by Israel. The besieged enclave celebrates Eid on Wednesday as bombardment continues.

At least 14 people, several among them children, were killed in an Israeli strike on the Nuseirat camp on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr— one of the two celebrations in Islam. Most of the Arab countries and several Muslims from across the world are celebrating Eid on Wednesday.

Social media users shared their solidarity with Gaza during the auspicious day for Muslims. Eid also marks the expiration of the United Nations Security Council’s adopted resolution calling for a truce during Ramadan.

“The situation is still getting worse as more people are dying due to malnutrition, more war injuries and more people are being killed daily,” Abubakar told Maktoob.

“Houses are being bombed, places are being struck. Fear and panic arise among people, especially in the southern territory as speculations say there will be a ground invasion very soon,” he reported.

The Palestinian youth from Central Gaza said that Eid this time has “no meaning”.

“It’s just miserable. It’s just bleak and sombre. So we don’t have anything that we can celebrate. It will just be a follow-up to Ramadan, which was also bleak.”

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has expressed his sorrow at the violence affecting Muslims in Gaza and elsewhere in his annual greeting for Eid al-Fitr.

“My heart is broken to know that in Gaza, Sudan and so many other places, because of conflict and hunger, so many Muslims will not be able to celebrate Eid properly,” Guterres said in a video message posted on X.

At least 33,207 Palestinians have been killed since October 07 in Gaza with over 13,000 of them children. Over 8,000 people are missing, including thousands stuck under the rubble of destroyed buildings.

“The drone’s sounds are absolutely terrifying. Drones are buzzing all the time overhead. It’s mind-blowing and panicking at the same time so that you can’t get a sleep. You can’t get anything. Also, we don’t have essentials. What we eat is canned food.

Abubakar said that sometimes the foods are past their expiry date.

“Every aspect there is hardship and there is misery. That’s how people live and they hope that this horrific war will end,” he added.

Shaheen Abdulla
Shaheen Abdulla
Shaheen Abdulla, an award-winning journalist, is the Deputy Editor of Maktoob.
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