Published August 2006 in Lakes Region Weekly
Half a world away, the people of Qana in southern Lebanon are burying their dead: more than 50 civilians, most of them children. Israeli ground troops continue to push north to fight Hezbollah inside the border, and helicopters continue to search and destroy enemy targets.
Half a world away, the people of Haifa, Israel, near the Lebanon border, hide out in shelters listening to Hezbollah rockets explode in the streets.
Here in the Lakes Region, Tala Zilberman, a 22-year-old Israeli camp counselor at Center Day Camp in Windham, watches the news flashes every night, checks online for news reports in Hebrew and talks with family and friends in Israel.
Zilberman can’t help but think of the campers she cares for at Center Day Camp when she hears of the humanitarian crisis going on back home. When asked by the ever-inquisitive children at the camp about the war, she gives one reply, “It’s complicated…”