The doves were not the only witnesses to their secret liaison. “Two doves watch two lovers leave their secret place. What the lovers are not aware of is the shadowy figure on a rooftop, fifty metres from their love nest. The dark figure lowers Soviet-made night binoculars and follows them at a distance, clinging to the shadows.” Wall of Tears:The Human Face of the Israel - Palestine Conflict' by David Kerr
I stood motionless and stared at the grey, amorphous mass of hundreds of children, most of them orphans, huddled together on the wharf in the French port of Sète. I suspect this pathetic image will sear my brain and remain with me forever. The children clung together, and not from cold—it was a warm summer afternoon. Like small fish in the ocean or animals in the field, they’ve learnt there is security in numbers. They know who to trust and not to trust. Multiple layers of ra
Contact and care for others by email and phone. Hygiene- wash your hands regularly. Indulge yourself with hobbies, books and movies. Laugh out loud – maintain your sense of humour. Distance yourself 1.5 metres from others. Patience in shops with staff and customers. Obey government directives. Warm drinks reduce the chance of infection. Exercise regularly. Respect others.
Papa doesn’t move, and his face is hard. It seems like he’s a long way away. His body starts shaking, and he grips my hand so tightly it hurts. What’s wrong with Papa? I want to go to the Wall but I want Papa with me. Why won’t you go? His head tilts forward, and a single silent tear runs down his cheek. ‘Papa. Why are you crying?’ My heart beats fast. What’s happening to him? I’ve never seen Papa cry - ever… … As we climb the steps, I turn around for one last look at the sea
Now that’s what I call fake news! What is true is the launch of “Wall of Tears’ at a discounted price, 5.30pm Wednesday 15th April Nowra Library, and 11am Saturday18th April, Kiama Library. Hope to see you there.