There’s No Place Like Home

by Huda Droll

A famous saying from “The Wizard of Oz” has many Palestinians, especially from the Shujeiyah area, wanting to return home to check out the damage and to see if they have a house to return to.

On July 31, two weeks after the Shujeiyah Massacre, Mohammed AbdelKareem Al-Selk and his family felt it safe to return home to check out the damage. Upon finding the house damaged, they sat on the roof discussing the future plan for the family.

An Israeli reconnaissance aircraft picked up their movement and bombed and shelled the family mercilessly, keeping up a constant barrage so ambulances could not reach them.

Mohammed Al-Selk

Mohammed Al-Selk

Mohammed, 38, lost his father, his three children, his brother, and three of his brother’s children that day. Ten other members of his family were injured.

Although Mohammed is thankful to be alive, the injuries he sustained are extensive. His right leg was amputated below the knee, as were some of the fingers in his right hand. He has abdominal injuries and a lacerated liver, as well as shrapnel fragments in his right arm and left leg.

Despite escaping the original Shujeiyah Masacre, his home is now 95 percent damaged, not liveable at all due to the second bombing.

Mohammed will never again be able to say, “Home is where the heart is.”

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