A number of Palestinian women have found a way to start a family while their husbands in jail – by smuggling sperm out of Israeli prisons. They were driven to the desperate measure amid fears they’d be too old for motherhood, by the time their partners were released. RT’s Paula Slier reports.
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now here's a tricky problem how do you start a family if your husband is in jail on a number of Palestinian women have found a way by smuggling sperm out of Israeli prisons they were driven to the desperate measure amid fears there be too old for motherhood by the time their partners were released paulus Leah reports Lydia Ramar we cause her son her miracle baby the apple of her eye he was born against all odds was then the fact that majd was born has given us hope he's everything to us in the end we warn despite all the obstacles for us he is the ultimate victory majd was born despite his father's absence Adil Karim albemarle we is in an Israeli prison where he's been sentenced to 25 years for murder Lydia was afraid she'd no longer be able to have children by the time he got out and so instead of waiting for him she did the next best thing and arranged for his sperm to be smuggled out falah Martha the first time I went to visit my husband with his new son the soldiers went crazy when they saw the baby like I was carrying a bomb they started asking questions like how come you have a baby smuggling sperm from prison is gaining popularity in the Palestinian world but first the community must have proved after this happens the procedure is quite straightforward the first thing they have to get to guarantee that they have a sample from the husband and they get if they get a sample we ask the woman the wife of the prisoners to bring with her to first degree relative from her side and to first degree relative from her husband sign these to declare that this sample belong to the to this woman's husband the sample can survive for up to 48 hours before being frozen for IVF treatment ohm Nabil abou four years is three months pregnant her husband summer is serving an 18-year sentence again as in this city I haven't had children for eleven years my husband was in prison all this time the first time a prisoner's wife got pregnant she basically gave hope to all of us it's a puzzle for the Israeli Prison Service in a Russian statement they insist that security arrangements and inmates interactions with their visitors are carefully monitored which makes objects exchange much more difficult they further vow to prevent any smuggling of any kind none of the people we interviewed would give details of how the sperm is smuggled out from under the watchful eye of prison guards there was almost no physical contact between security prisoners and their families but five babies have been born this way and 18 women are pregnant had a column bringing a baby into this world in spite of the fact that his father's in a Jew Zionist prison is a form of resistance policy r RT West Bank