A picnic at the park حديقة

I joined a group of women at the park  in Gaza today.    حديقة   في  غزة

The common bond between them all is that they volunteer with an organization that offers well-baby checks and advice to families with young children about healthcare and nutrition.  There is no money to pay them, but I have the impression that they all do it for the love of children.  The director of the program says there is no other program like it in Gaza, and perhaps the West Bank.

Here are some of the kids I met. They were very curious about the old lady wearing the baseball cap.

Palestinian children playing at the park.

Palestinian children playing at the park.

More children at the park.

More children at the park.

Girls on the teeter totter.

Girls on the teeter totter.

Professionals report that the vast majority of children in Gaza suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), see here.

Love these faces.

Love these faces.

I watched them at play today and wondered what they must have thought of the 8 days of shelling in November and the constant sound of drones over their heads at night.  These kids are growing up in a war zone . . . no.   This is not a war zone because wars have a beginning and an end.  This is a violent and destructive occupation with no end in sight.

. . . and these adorable faces.

. . . and these adorable faces.

These children’s grandparents lived under occupation as children.  Will the grandchildren of these kids live under occupation too?

 

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One response to “A picnic at the park حديقة

  1. Mary Oishi

    Thanks for putting a human face, faces, on Gaza.

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