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December 16, 2009

One Year Later In Gaza

One Year Later in Gaza

This month marks the one year anniversary of the beginning of the war in Gaza. While the conflict was short, the effects have been lasting.

Several times over the past year, Dick Gordon has spoken with Maha Mehanna. Maha lives in Gaza with her nephew Mohammed. They have access to basic supplies, but the closed border still means life has changed dramatically for them. Each month over the past year they have gained permission to cross the border into Israel to get medical treatment for Mohammed's rare immune disease. They've faced 6 hour long waits and even stray bullets while trying to cross, but for Maha those trips are like a holiday - her only chance to see life on the outside. Maha and Mohammed talk with Dick about life behind one of the most heavily fortified borders in the world.

Panama Hostage

Steve Travers thought he was in paradise when he took a job studying fish behavior in Panama in 1989. Then, just before Christmas, the U.S. invaded the country and overthrew military dictator Manuel Noriega. Steve was sure his number was up when he was taken hostage with a handful of other scientists. Steve talks with Dick about his two day ordeal, and how he came out the other side.

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