On October 7, 2023, thousands of Hamas fighters stormed the Israeli border fortifications and attacked the neighboring Israeli settlements. The attackers kill more than 1,100 people and kidnap around 250 more people as hostages in the Gaza Strip. Amit Soussana was one of them.

She was in the hands of Hamas for almost two months before she was released in a hostage exchange on November 30. As the first hostage, she spoke in the “New York Times” not only of beatings, fear and torture, but also of sexual abuse by Hamas. It’s the story of a woman who doesn’t want to remain silent about what was done to her.

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