Did you use the bathrooms in the houses? Yes. You use a plastic bag and then throw it out. But when you wake up in the middle of the night you’re a little more disrespectful – when it comes down to it, it’s a difficult situation emotionally, and you don’t have the emotional energy – especially when it comes to your most basic needs: peeing, shitting, and eating. So sometimes you find yourself peeing in a toilet that you know is getting flooded, and whoever comes back to that house will have a very hard time getting the place back to the way it was.You said earlier that the houses you stayed in got blown up afterward.
Yes. After we left I heard a boom. I looked back and I saw an air bombardment, and they told us, “Yeah, there’s going to be a ceasefire, so we want to have ‘the final word’ before we leave.”
Who told you that?
All kinds of lectures from our commander. I saw it with my own eyes, it was a kilometer away. It’s hard not to notice a half-ton bomb getting dropped on a house. And after that three more bombs, and then five more, and then another 20. It was impossible to sleep, really. At a certain point there was this crazy thing, the only thing left standing was one wobbly house. This was three weeks, two weeks in. Two weeks in, the reaction that this got was a cynical one, and it really couldn’t have led to any other kind of reaction.
What do you mean by 'a cynical reaction'?
“Aww shoot, look, now they’re blowing everything up, damn, why didn’t we allow ourselves to use that couch, it looked so comfortable.” ,