Asim Rafiqui
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She kept speaking about her son in the present tense. He is a happy child. He was so excited about school when he first starting going, and now simply loves to prepare his uniform each day. <br />
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Her 8-year old son, Zakaria Hamid Samoni, was dead. He had been killed when a rocket fired from an Israeli military helicopter fell near where Zakaria was playing.<br />
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But Rida Samoni seemed oddly at ease, smiling even, as she spoke about him. Her other children milled about the room, hiding behind her, staring at me and laughing. <br />
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Perhaps it was not quite time to let Zakaria go.