Re­fqa Abu Na­hel, 61. Grand­mother. Hus­band died nine months af­ter they mar­ried. She was 19. Their son was 14 days old

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“I ap­plied for my sec­ondary school cer­tifi­cate at the same time as my son, 28 years af­ter leav­ing school. I got mine but he didn’t get his – he had to reap­ply the fol­low­ing year. Once I had my cer­tifi­cate I was able to get a job as the as­sis­tant to the head mas­ter at a school.

It was chal­leng­ing to raise a child with­out a father, but I suc­ceeded and I’m proud to have brought up a good son. The hap­pi­est mo­ment for me was when my son had a child of his own. As an only child, he had been alone un­til then. I hope my grand­son will have a brother or sis­ter.”

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