|Halima Alaiyan: "Forced out of Paradise. My long flight from Palestine" (Marion von Schröder Publishing House, Munich, 2003) |
Dr. Halima Alaiyan writes: "During the 1948 war, when Israel was founded, my family and I were forced to leave our home in Palestine. We went to Egypt, where we were foreigners. I got married young and went with my husband to Saudi Arabia. Again, we were foreigners. My husband went to study medicine in Germany. He left the children and me with his parents in a refugee camp in Gaza. The United Nations set up this camp in 1948 for Palestinian refugees. Many former refugees still live there today.
In 1966, I joined my husband in Germany without our children. In 1967, war broke out in Gaza. Israel occupied Gaza and my children were caught in the middle of the war-torn region. Two years later I managed to save enough money to bring at least one of my children to Germany, my son Talat, who was already ill, terminally ill, at that time. My daughters, Tagrid and Gada, joined us later when I could afford it.