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By Ola Attallah, ILO Correspondent
GAZA CITY – Although many people lost loved ones to the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip, waged a year from today, some have found a creative way to bring the dead back to life, at least symbolically.
"We named him after his father - my son - who was killed in the first day of the Israeli war," Mohammad Ayyad told IslamOnline.net, holding his baby grandchild in his arm.
"He is the apple of his mother's eye and the only source of hope and joy for our family," he added fighting back his tears.
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"Almost every wife who lost a husband to the war has given birth to a baby boy," a nurse at a
"The babies were named after their martyred fathers, spreading joy and happiness in their families."
Fadwa, a 22-year-old widow, also named her son after his father Anwar who was killed on December 27 of last year.
"I did not know that I was pregnant when my husband was killed by the Israelis," she recalls.
"For long months, I prayed for a baby boy to be named after beloved husband," added tearful Fadwa.
Now, the baby born Anwar is the center of her universe.
"He is a gift from heaven to me, grandmother and grandfather," said the widow mother with a simple smile on her face.
The Hosni family, which lost its son Anas in the Israeli offensive, has recently been blessed with a new Anas.
"His name will continue to resonate through our home," says the new mother, referring to her slain husband.
The face of Omar Al-Seylawi’s wife shines every time she looks at the angelic face of their baby boy, whom she named after his father.
"With the screams of pain and death came a new life," she told IOL.
"It is a divine message that though