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Displaced Gazan girl tells sufferings, hopes for peace with borrowed guitar

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Displaced Gazan girl tells sufferings, hopes for peace with borrowed guitar

2024-06-14 17:08 Last Updated At:19:27

As negotiations continue between Israel and Hamas for a ceasefire to end the ongoing conflict between the two sides, a girl from Gaza is playing a borrowed guitar in the rubble of the southern city of Rafah to tell her sufferings and express her hope for an immediate end to the war.

Rahaf Fahd Nasser, who was pursuing her studies at Al-Azhar University, has been displaced to Rafah since the first week of the latest round of the conflict between Israel and Hamas which broke out in October last year.

"I am from Gaza, from the northern sector. We were displaced here from the first week of the conflict. Because we were in a war zone and under constant enemy bombing. It was really bad," said Rahaf.

The war in Gaza has cost Rahaf not just her home, but also her musical instruments. However, she remains undeterred. She borrowed a guitar and continued to use her music to tell the world about the suffering in Gaza.

"To continue my passion and convey my message to the world, I recently borrowed a guitar from my father's friend. I played these songs to help make my voice heard around the world," said Rahaf.

Through music, she conveys her feelings and the suffering of her fellow people to the world, hoping for help.

"I release all my feelings while playing music, everything I cannot express in words. I express through music and instruments. The message I want to convey first of all is to tell the world about the suffering and pain we are experiencing here, so people can take actions. In my lyrics, I said, 'The cries of children are calling, and the flowers are saying, please save me from this injustice, my dreams are inhabited by a monster.' All the children here are suffering from killings and much more," said Rahaf.

Rafah believes that music represents peace and can amplify her voice globally.

"I'm in medical school, and I dream of becoming a doctor to help my people despite these circumstances that we are in. I chose to use music to convey my voice to the rest of the world. Music represents peace on a global scale, so I chose music to send my voice to the rest of the world and hope to put an end to this war that we are in," said Rahaf.

Israel has launched a large-scale offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip to retaliate against a Hamas rampage through the southern Israeli border on Oct. 7, 2023, during which about 1,200 people were killed and around 250 were taken hostage.

According to Gaza health authorities, the Palestinian death toll from the ongoing conflict has risen to 37,202.

Displaced Gazan girl tells sufferings, hopes for peace with borrowed guitar

Displaced Gazan girl tells sufferings, hopes for peace with borrowed guitar

Displaced Gazan girl tells sufferings, hopes for peace with borrowed guitar

Displaced Gazan girl tells sufferings, hopes for peace with borrowed guitar

Displaced Gazan girl tells sufferings, hopes for peace with borrowed guitar

Displaced Gazan girl tells sufferings, hopes for peace with borrowed guitar

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Rescue work underway as torrential rains batter parts of China

2024-07-15 05:24 Last Updated At:06:27

Local governments in areas hit by recent downpours in China are intensifying efforts to rescue residents trapped by floods, as torrential rains persist across some regions in the country.

On Saturday, heavy rainfall in Neijiang City, southwest China's Sichuan Province, led to urban waterlogging and landslides in some areas. The local firefighters swiftly responded to rescue operations. Firefighters transferred residents trapped in low-lying areas to safe place promptly, especially the elderly with mobility difficulties.

Rubber boats were also used to rescue and transport stranded passengers from cars as floodwaters inundated the streets. Water suction pumps were deployed to drain water from waterlogged residential areas, ensuring the safety and convenience of affected residents.

In addition, a landslide caused by the heavy rainfall sent a large amount of soil and gravel downhill, blocking the exit routes of a residential building at the foot of the hill and trapping residents inside. local firefighters quickly entered the building to conduct emergency search and rescue operations, successfully evacuating five stranded individuals.

As rainfall persisted in Neijiang, a level-III emergency response for flood control was implemented on Sunday morning.

In addition to Neijiang, some parts of Xinyang City in central China's Henan Province were hit by recent torrential rains, with rainfall peaking at 58.1 mm per hour. On Saturday afternoon, Zhaopeng Village in Shangcheng County experienced rising floodwaters, trapping elderly people and children in their homes. Local rescuers swiftly responded, using rubber boats to transfer the trapped villagers or carry them on back to safety.

As of Sunday morning, heavy rainfall continued in Xinyang, prompting the local meteorological station to issue an orange alert for rainstorms.

China has a four-tier flood-control emergency response system, with Level I being the most urgent response, and a four-tier, color-coded weather warning system, with red representing the most severe warning, followed by orange, yellow, and blue.

Rescue work underway as torrential rains batter parts of China

Rescue work underway as torrential rains batter parts of China

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