|Running for the nearest shelter as a rocket warning is heard in one of Israel's|
southern cities, July 9, 2014 [Reuters]
The anxieties have not. Neither have the pressures.
|By the numbers: From a Malki Foundation brochure, the full text|
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Ettie is a gorgeous child of two, living in the southern city of S. Its proximity to the Gaza Strip gets S. into the news headlines much too often. But that’s only part of what Ettie’s family are concerned with. She depends on a ventilator for her well-being. During the recent fighting, she rarely went out of the house, and spent weeks confined to the family’s mamad (safe room, in Hebrew). So did her mother, who felt she could not go out to work because of the need to bring Ettie and the other children into the shelter whenever the incoming-rocket siren was heard. It only gives them a few seconds of warning, and every moment counts. When mother is away, Ettie is normally at a day-care center in Kiryat Gat but under conditions of war, it was closed for many weeks. When we checked in with Ettie’s mother at the height of Operation Protective Edge, she was worried about the way her daughter was not eating properly. Now that things outside are quieter, mother is able – with the help of a therapist whom we send down to Sderot - to devote more attention to getting on top of that aspect of her little girl’s problems.
Yair is also two. He lives in O., a community in the south, and normally spends his days at a ma’on (day care centre) in Be’er Sheva which, of course, was closed throughout the fighting in the south. Mother was at home with him throughout that period and, because of the cerebral palsy (CP) that keeps Yair confined to a wheelchair, she was – in the words of our program co-ordinator in Jerusalem who spoke with her by phone - “beyond exhausted”. Now that the ma’on is operating again, he is back in the daily framework and his parents are trying to arrange to pick up a new wheelchair and leg braces. Regular visits by the OT (occupational therapist) “on wheels” whom we send to the town of O. are a critically important part of Yair's family’s ability to cope.
Guy is an 11 year old with quadriplegia, living with his family in Be’er Sheva. His 13 year old brother Sergei was the person who most often had to bring him into the safe room when – as happened so often during July and August – the sirens wailed. (Generally, they had 60 seconds of notice from the when the siren was first heard.) Guy normally takes part in regular horse-riding therapy sessions which he loves. But the IDF Home Front Command ordered the horse farm to be closed while the fighting raged. It’s open now and Guy is delighted.
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