Asim Rafiqui

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Jihad Abu Jawara refused to be photographed. His uncles tried to cajole him, explaining that I was there to tell his story and that of his father who had been killed days earlier in a rocket attack on the family home on January 9th 2009. He remained agitated, tense and uncertain. He has been like this since....his uncle explained.<br />
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I showed him a photograph of my daughter Sofia. Meeting Jihad had reminded me how much I missed her, a feeling made more intense because of the scars of Gaza.  I told him that all I wanted to do was take a simple picture like the one I have of my daughter so that I could remember him wherever I went. He looked at her photograph, and smiled back at her smiling face.