"law awareeky thahry la itkhafy"
"I hate Fridays, he is home now, and the house still smells of yesterday's liquor, the one spilt on floor. Lord how my back hurts. I don’t want to get up, I've peed my self."
These might very well be the thoughts of 3rd grade Hanin. She lives in Jabal Al Natheef. I was at Hanin's school taking pictures, when her mother heard of our presence she sent after us, (a documentary film crew) saying she had a story and wanted to share. We arrived to a few cement layers on top of another forming what they call home. Her mother, an illiterate 26 year old female, as she put it, spoke of how her husband owns a "Basta" and how she manages to run the house with the 1 JD per day she gets from him. She then spoke of the abuse she had witnessed from her husband and how he beats her and her three kids. A crew member suggested that she called a family help line, some child's protection agency, she says that she did and they came took the children away for 3 months and hysteria this subjected her to. She goes on saying that she couldn’t live alone with him, he was always drunk and abusive, so she called the agency again, saying that her husband has improved and stopped drinking and abusing her. The kids were returned to her, when asked "Is he still abusive?" she replies:
"lisa imbare7 makleenha, la awareeky thahry la itkafy, ou thaher il binit kolo im3alem min il mayeh il magleyeh":
((she still gets beaten, if her back was revealed we would see violent bruises, and then she says if we look at her daughters back we would see the remains of the boiling water he pours over her when she misbehaves))
Bare in mind this, she, Hanin, is a 3rd grader, she plays and makes noises when he (the father) is asleep, he gets up, beats her, then goes into the kitchen to boil water, to then place over her. How bad can it feel to see that your father is going to place boiling water on you after lashing you and wait there for 15 min in between.
Note: I've place the photos, after she, the mother, asks that the video the crew captured be shown to others.
This is their living room
This is their kitchen
This is Hanin's Mother
This is Hanin