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Everyday Voices
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Samar, 11, State of Palestine

State of Palestine, 2015: Samar Barakat, 11, still struggles to cope with the loss of her father. He was killed during a blast that injured Samar and other family members sheltering at a United Nations-run school during the violence that engulfed Gaza last year. “I used to be good at school,” says Samar, “but not anymore because my father died. My siblings were hurt, and things are not the same.” Samar’s home was destroyed during the conflict; her family now lives with her grandfather.