Sophia Fawaz Abdo, 10, was left homeless on November 30, 2020, when her father, Fawaz Abdo, was forced by the Jerusalem municipality to demolish the home he had built with his own hands in 2014 on the pretext that it was built without a permit.
The home, located in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal Mukkabir, was 100 square meters and had three bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen, and a living room. Six people including a child, Sophia, lived in the home.
In 2019, the court ruled that the home had to be demolished and fined Abdo NIS 60,000 ($18,000), which he continues to pay off monthly in the amount of NIS 750 each month. Like many Palestinian Jerusalemites, Abdo had to demolish the home himself to avoid paying additional hefty fees that the municipality would have charged to do it.
Sophia coped as best she could with the trauma of this cataclysmic event in her life, as shown here.