Khirbet Ein Karzaliyah is in the Jordan Valley of occupied Palestine. Twenty-five members of this little desert community have been sleeping under the stars in the cold wintry nights of January after their humble tin-shelters were demolished, including the only water pipe serving the community. The sheep-pens were also dismantled by Israeli bulldozers on January 8, 2014. A few days later, the tents given to them by the red cross were also destroyed and confiscated by Israeli authorities. The residents re-built simple pens several times to protect the new-born lambs which they fear will die in the cold. But the makeshift pens have been repeatedly pulled down since January 8. Israeli authorities have kept returning after the major demolition of January 8th to ensure they continue to wreck and destroy every temporary shelter the residents may re-erect to survive.
Mushakhis Ahmad Yusef Bani Maniya is a 40-year-old mother of seven children living in Khirbet Ein Karzaliyah. On January 13, 2014 she told the story of her small community to the reporter who visited them.
In the words of Mushakhis Bani Maniya: