The celebration at the Nova Festival in Kibbutz Re’im was abruptly cut short on October 7 at 6:29 am when air raid sirens blared and Hamas fighters stormed the festival site. Millet Ben Haim, who was enjoying the festivities with her friends, was caught in the chaos.
Within minutes, the situation took a devastating turn as 364 festival visitors were killed and 40 taken hostage. Millet, lucky to have survived, spoke about her life-changing experience in an interview with German newspaper Bild. She described how the party had been a normal weekend until the music suddenly stopped due to rockets filling the sky.
Millet and her friends attempted to flee in their car but were halted when they saw terrorists shooting at people in cars ahead of them. They tried going in another direction but were met with similar violence. They eventually escaped on foot through fields, desperate to escape from terrorists and find safety.
After hours of wandering, they sought refuge in a bush with three other women, disguising themselves to avoid being found by terrorists. Their prayers were answered when Ramy Davidian, a civilian who had saved over a hundred lives that day, found and rescued them.
Now reunited with her family, Millet is grateful for her safety but struggling to cope with trauma and loss resulting from the attack. She feels like a different person unable to connect with friends or family members and overwhelmed by the magnitude of events that took place that day.
The attack on Nova Festival has left many families devastated and struggling to come to terms with their loss. The community is working together to support those affected by this tragic event while also working towards ensuring that such an attack never happens again.