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So I’ve recently been seeing this heartbreaking post of drawings made by children in Gaza a lot on my dash and I wanted to share a different perspective on this issue with you all.

The drawings you see above were also made by children in Gaza. Last year, I was part of a group working on a project initiated by Oxfam which aimed to highlight the problems facing children in Gaza today. Oxfam got in touch with primary school children from Al-Zarqa, one of the Gaza Strip’s poorest areas, and asked them to draw pictures of their hopes, fears and dreams for the future. Afterwards, their pictures were sent to us and we showcased them to the public in London. We also printed the childrens’ drawings on postcards which were sent to William Hague, the current Foreign Secretary of the UK. We asked people to write on these postcards and to call on the UK Government to prioritise children’s rights in its foreign policy work on Palestine. What struck me the most about these drawings was their sheer innocence and the simplicity of the children’s hopes and dreams. You would never guess that these scenes were drawn by children in Gaza, any child around the world could have drawn such images and this is important to note. Too often the media tries to portray Gaza’s children as future kalashnikov-wielding terrorists and suicide bombers who know nothing but violence and hatred when nothing could be further from the truth. These drawings are proof that Gaza’s children, despite the struggles and hardships that they’ve endured, dream of a better, safer and more peaceful future.

The event was very successful and  the drawings were featured in the Guardian. We were invited by an MP who saw the drawings to showcase our exhibition in the Houses of Parliament. The exhibition in Parliament was attended by many MPs as well as Sir Gerald Kaufman (who you might remember from this speech). The response from them was amazing and they were all touched by the drawings. 

The highlight of this whole experience however came after the exhibition in Parliament when we returned to the Oxfam offices and we actually got to speak to some of the children who made these drawings. They were some of the funniest, sweetest and most intelligent kids we’d ever spoken with. They told us about life in Gaza and their struggles. Just as they were telling us about the electricity cuts they experience on a daily basis, our call with them was cut. This happened several times due to an electricity shortage crisis which still plagues Gaza today. We told them about the exhibition and how many people came to see their drawings. Their happiness at hearing these words was indescribable.

I will never forget these amazing children and I hope to be able to visit them one day. Their final words to us before we said our goodbyes will stay with me forever:

"Please don’t forget us" they said. "We tell you about our struggles, you listen to us, yes, you may feel upset but we are the ones that actually experience these struggles. We have to live through the bombings and the killings. We don’t want to live like this, we want to live like normal children in the rest of the world, we want to live in peace. Please don’t forget this. Please don’t forget us"

1, 5, 10, 27, 300, 500, 1000…

They are not numbers.

Abdulrahman Baroudeh

Aysha Abd al-Khaleq Abd al-Razzaq

Ana Grace Marquez-Greene

Asma Baroudeh 

Emilie Parker

Khaled Baroudeh

Josephine Grace

Umar Mahmoud Al-Kurdi

Tariq Aziz

Daniel Barden 

"Safety and security don’t just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear." Nelson Mandela

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Rachel Corrie; April 10, 1979 – March 16, 2003.

American peace activist Rachel Corrie being interviewed in the Rafah refugee camp in Gaza Strip a few days before she was killed by a bulldozer.
Photograph: Getty Images

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Rachel Corrie; April 10, 1979 – March 16, 2003.

American peace activist Rachel Corrie being interviewed in the Rafah refugee camp in Gaza Strip a few days before she was killed by a bulldozer.

Photograph: Getty Images

peace—now:

Jan. 29:

Palestinian refugee children play between makeshift tents in al-Zaiton, Gaza Strip.

(Photo: Ali Ali, European Pressphoto Agency)

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Rafeef Ziadah - ‘We teach life, Sir’, London, 12.11.11

I wish I could just run barefoot in every refugee camp, and hold every child and cover their ears, so they wouldn’t have to hear the sound of bombing for the rest of their life the way I do

Simply Amazing  

Palestinians gather on the rooftop of a building where construction was stopped. The building was bombed in January 2009 during Israel’s military offensive in Beit Lahiya, in the northern Gaza Strip.”

By: Bernat Armangue/Associated Press

Olives, Gaza, Palestine

Picking olives in Gaza then images from the olive press where olive oil is made. YUM

Click here to see more images from the olive harvest

By: @WelshInGaza

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israelfacts:

Men, women and children were all given medical care at Kamal Adwan Hospital in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip after Israeli aircraft launched a series of attacks in densely populated civilian areas. 25th August 2011 (Demotix Images)

our problems are nothing in comparison.

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In Pictures: Women of Gaza - the lives of Palestinian women under siege in the Gaza Strip are documented in photography.

Despite the devastation Palestinians of the Gaza Strip have faced due to the ongoing Israeli siege and occupation, an elegant community spirit prevails. Life continues, as do traditions and self-respect - resistance to suffering has become standard. Women are continuing to care for their families, striving for education and pursuing careers. This is a look at the everyday lives of women in Gaza.

  • Photograph 1: Young women attend an exercise class organised by the Women’s Charitable Society, a Hamas-funded organisation based in Gaza
  • Photograph 2: A farmer sits in her fields, north of Gaza City
  • Photograph 3: Moemen Faiz, a photographer, sits with his new wife, Deema Ayideh, at the couple’s home in Gaza. Faiz was injured during Israel’s assault on Gaza in the winter of 2008-09, and was later flown to Saudi Arabia where he received treatment. The two fell in love when Ayideh, a journalist, interviewed Faiz at the hospital, and they married soon after
  • Photograph 4: High school students enjoy a field trip on the Mediterranean Sea off the Gazan coast
  • Photograph 5: A woman enjoys a run along the seafront, a practice she steadfastly insists on enjoying, despite the stares of surprised fishermen and male beachgoers 
  • Photograph 6: Journalist and outspoken Hamas critic, Asmaa Al Ghoul, plays with her son
  • Photograph 7: While these medical students at Al Azhar University of Gaza dream of furthering their studies abroad, they want to practice medicine in Gaza once qualified
  • Photograph 8:  A woman prays while on break from a sewing class organised, part of the Women’s Charitable Society’s ‘economic empowerment for women’ initiatives 
  • Photograph 9: High school students play on Facebook after completing homework - online social networking is becoming increasingly popular for youth in Gaza to connect with others outside the territory
  • Photograph 10: A family in Gaza City enjoys a picnic on the beach, one of the few options left to most families in Gaza unable to escape the suffocating siege

By: Tanya Habjouqa