It isn't a secret that the citizens of Sderot are the most experienced and trained citizens in the country of Israel, when dealing with rockets. It isn't a secret either that the children of Sderot can brief the children of the other parts of the country, that have just joined in the line of fire. After 8 years this is understandable. The sights, horrors and non-conventional experiences they have had, that are so different from those of children living in the rest of the country. The way they cope with terror is very different than the way children, who were just forcefully introduced to it do.
Photo: Hamutal Ben Shitrit
Livnat Shaubi from the Sderot Media Center accompanied three brothers of the ages five, seven and nine for the day, and learned from them how they cope with this forced everyday reality.
Five year old Hannanel, seven year old David and nine year old Yehuda don't really care if the IDF is the one who began with the response. As far as they are concerned they were born into a reality of terror. Into the reality of rockets landing at any given time, in an unlimited quantity, into a reality of ear-blasting explosives. The "Color Red" was not introduced to them in kinder garden like the rest of us have; the concept of the "Color Red" was familiar to them pretty much since they learned to say the word "Dad".
Hannanel, David and Yehuda are brothers that are experiencing the war, just like all the other kids of the South these days. But for them, the experience has its toll and therefore comes their reaction.