Last update - 19:40 18/08/2008
Haaretz.com/Channel 10 daily feature for August 17, 2008.
By Haaretz Staff and Channel 10
Eight-month-old Shaimah was born with a rare brain defect. She cannot breathe on her own, and must be hooked up to a respirator 24 hours a day.
The fight for Shaima's life takes isn't the only struggle her family is conducting. On a second front, they face the state of Israel, which refuses to hook their village up to electricity.
The village of Al-Bat is one of roughly 45 Bedouin villages unrecognized by the state. Like the others, it is not supplied with running water, electricity, or other basic services.
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