Shani Goren, 29, from Nir Oz, returns home. Shani works in informal education and is very dedicated to her work and to her children. A sign of this was given to her family and friends this week when Eitan Yahalomi, 12, who was released from captivity, said that she gave up her food in captivity for him. Family and friends tell of a cynical, funny and beloved girl who is the beating heart of the kibbutz friends.
Shani's mother, Tamar Goren, was interviewed by Israel Hayom when the deal was signed: "There is a sense of optimism. I have hope that something good is finally happening. I hope that really everyone will come back. My daughter is not in the criteria of who is supposed to be released from captivity, but at some point she will come, she will return."
A crowd gathers in Gaza around the vehicle transporting the abductees (Archive// Photo: Arab Networks
On October 7, Shani was alone in her apartment. She locked the safe room and was very nervous. Shira, Shani's older sister, said: "In the morning, after it became clear that terrorists had infiltrated the kibbutz, she was on the phone with Nofar, our brother's partner, practicing breathing on the phone. After two hours on the phone, the terrorists broke into the safe room and took her out of the apartment. The phone remained open, but they didn't hear the two, only talking in Arabic.
"We know that she was kidnapped alive because there was testimony from a kibbutz resident who saw her. On October 7 we also saw a video released by Hamas showing her healthy with no blood marks on her. Now we are waiting for the moment when she will be released."
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