Scans from The Sunday Times Magazine, Spectrum 30/8 2009.
“She survived a bomb blast, but her hands, face and stomach were severely burnt after a white phosphorus shell destroyed her home in al-Atatra in the northern part of Gaza during the bombardment by Israeli forces earlier this year. The white phosphorus is widely used to produce a ´smokescreen´to mask troop movements, white phosphorus is also controversially used in bombs. After landing on the skin it burns through muscle and bone and goes on burning until starved of oxygen. The Israeli military initially denied using it during its assault on Gaza but Amnesty International reported finding ´indisputable evidence´of its use in densely populated residential areas.” (Parts from the text in The Sunday Times Spectrum 30/8 2009.)
Farah survived miraculously after treatment in Egypt. But her mother died due to infections of her wounds, 3 months after the war. Today Farah is cared for by her grandmother.
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