A former Hamas hostage says her seven weeks in captivity had been like being compelled to play “Russian roulette” day by day – however her religion in humanity was restored when fellow captives readily gave up their meager meals parts to her 3-year-old twin daughters to assist them survive.
Sharon Alony-Cunio, 34, described the nightmare she and her household skilled when Hamas broke into their residence in Kibbutz Nir Ounceson Oct. 7 and kidnapped her, her husband David and their twin women Emma and Yuli.
Crammed collectively in a decent house with 12 different hostages at first, her household was on the mercy of the fear group, which then started continuously shifting them throughout Gaza to flee from the advancing Israeli military and airstrikes, Alony-Cunio told Reuters.
“It’s Russian roulette. You don’t know whether or not tomorrow morning they’ll maintain you alive or kill you simply because they wish to or simply as a result of their backs are towards the wall,” she stated.
The mom of two stated one in all her toddler women was separated from them for 10 days earlier than ultimately being returned, whereas her husband was faraway from the group three days earlier than the mother and twins had been freed final month. He stays captive.
Alony-Cunio stated that whereas held, her household and the opposite hostages with them struggled to maintain themselves on pita bread offered by Hamas, together with the uncommon treats of dates, cheese, rice and meat rations that wanted to be cut up amongst them.
“Everybody gave up meals for [Emma and Yuli],” Alony-Cunio stated of the kindness from her fellow hostages.
However meals wasn’t the one impediment, Alony-Cunio stated. She stated she typically struggled to maintain her kids’s minds preoccupied, as they might do nothing however whisper and sit in a room that may typically go darkish for hours at a time after the ability was lower.
There was additionally the difficulty of permitting the twins to make use of the toilet, with Alony-Cunio noting that they typically needed to go in a sink or in a trash bin.
As she struggled to assist her kids survive the 52-day ordeal, Alony-Cunio stated the worst half was being stored in the dead of night of what was taking place within the exterior world and if there have been any efforts to free them.
“Day by day, there may be crying, frustration and anxiousness,” she stated. ” ‘How lengthy are we going to be right here? Have they forgotten about us? Have they given up on us?’ ”
Alony-Cunio and her twins had been among the many 11 Israeli hostages freed through the fourth day of the short-term truce settlement between Hamas and the Jewish nation, which finally noticed greater than 100 individuals launched by the tip of November.
In the course of the household’s time in captivity, their relations grew to become vocal advocates for the speedy launch of the hostages, urging each the Israeli and US governments to do every thing of their energy to barter a deal.
Now Alony-Cunio has joined her household in calling on Israel to make the hostages the highest precedence within the battle towards Hamas, hoping that quickly she and her daughters might be reunited together with her husband David.
“I’m petrified I’ll get dangerous information that he’s now not alive,” Alony-Cunio stated.
“We’re not simply names on a poster,” she stated of the hostages. “We’re human beings, flesh and blood.
“The daddy of my women is there, my accomplice, and lots of different fathers, kids, moms, brothers.”
With Publish wires