YOUSEF IN GAZA

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CHAPTER 1: GAZA

1. Quarantined in a shitholeMaz
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On Thu, Aug 27, 2020 Julia Alcamo wrote:
 
Dear Yousef,
 
I wondered whether you would be interested in sharing your story with us for our project?
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I look forward to hearing from you.
 
All my best,
Julia
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On Thu, Aug 27, 2020 Yousef wrote:
 
Dear Julia,
Sure, I'd love to! 
Unfortunately we have only 4 hours of electricity daily and my laptop battery is almost over, tomorrow I can write you back.
 
Many thanks

1. F***** upYousef
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2. First caseYousef
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3. InfectedYousef
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CHAPTER 2: ON THE DOOR OF WAR

4. EscalationYousef
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5. The day beforeYousef
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"One day before war is like an apocalypse, nobody knows how long it’s going to last. At least with Covid they announced that we were going into quarantine for 21 days. But the war? No, you don’t know. 
 
Also, when you go through a ceasefire and you are given a couple of hours to go buy groceries you know that Israel is going to break it and they might kill you. When you go buy something during quarantine you are afraid to get infected. We were not afraid of a virus, we were afraid of rockets and tank bullets. It’s the same experience but with different tools.
 
I remember in 2014 there was a ceasefire for one day, it was a friday. Until today we call it black friday. Our black friday is nothing like the European, you buy things for cheap prices, we lost 400 people because the Israelis broke the ceasefire."

CHAPTER 3: THIS IS OUR LIFE

6. This is our lifeYousef
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On Fri, 19 Feb 2021 Julia wrote:
Good morning Yousef,
 
I’m online on zoom. Let me know if you’re having problems connecting!
 
Thanks,
Julia
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On Fri, 19 Feb 2021 Yousef wrote:
 
So sorry!
I didn’t have electricity i just have it back now,
Based on the schedule, it should have been on, but because there was a storm the schedule was affected and we did not get 8 hours a day.
Im really sorry about that.
Im free all the day waiting let me know what works for you.

CHAPTER 4: WE ARE USED TO THIS

7. The lucky onesYousef
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"We don’t want anyone to experience what we experience.
 
We are used to it.
 
I remember how us Gazans looked at the beginning of the Syria situation; when we heard that people were being killed in Damascus and Aleppo, it was almost more shocking for us than hearing about people being killed in Gaza. 

We know what is is like to be under occupation, siege, escalation and war. We know what it is like to have your family and neighbours killed in front of you and you cannot do anything about it."

On Mon, 12 Apr 2021 Julia wrote:
 
Hi Yousef,
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How are you doing? How are things?
 
Looking forward to hearing from you,
Julia
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On Mon, 12 Apr 2021 Yousef wrote:
 
Hello Julia,
Everything is fine now after a crazy days, all my family have been infected by Covid and-they had to stay in quarantine for 14 days.
Crazy experience to manage all of this family during this situation, they were 9 infected at the same time.
 
Also in Gaza the situation is going really bad regarding Covid.
 
Stay safe and I apologize again

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