Going Home to Gaza


NO PLACE LIKE HOME: The Cohens, at Kfar Darom. Tehila, in blue, lost both legs; Yisrael, on skates, and Orit, not shown, each lost one

Orit Cohen hobbles angrily away from the house as fast as her prosthetic foot will take her. The 13-year-old doesn't want photos taken of the injury she suffered 22 months ago when a roadside bomb blew up her school bus. From the doorstep, her father Ophir calmly watches her go. He knows she can't run far. Her leg is still weak, and in any case no one ventures alone outside this isolated Israeli settlement in the Gaza Strip, a tiny fortress under constant threat of Palestinian attack.

Three of Ophir Cohen's eight children lost limbs in the bus...

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