Hanan Khadour was born on December 1, 2002. Her mother, Abir, was in her eighth month when the contractions started. The nearest hospital was in Jenin, 12 kilometers from her home in the village of Faqua, but there was no way to get there because of the roadblocks. It was the period after Operation Defensive Shield in the second intifada, and the Jenin refugee camp was still under lockdown. Abir gave birth in the clinic of the village doctor; Hanan was born a preemie. She needed an incubator urgently, but none was available locally. The doctor told the family that the newborn’s survival depended on her being taken to a hospital urgently. Her father, Mahmoud, decided that he must do everything to give his daughter a chance to live, as he puts it now.
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