أهلأ. انا لورا.
Lora A. Lucero is a community journalist, climate change educator, land use attorney, city planner, community gardener, mother and grandmother. Her home is in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.
Lora traveled to Gaza in September 2012. She taught a climate change seminar to environmental engineering students, lived with Palestinian families and made many friends. Returning to the USA in June 2013, she is now writing about her experience.
After the puzzled looks, the first question family and friends ask is “Why Gaza?”
Answering that question is not so easy. This blog is an attempt to begin the process of answering that question.
Why is Gaza occupied? Why is Gaza seemingly hidden from view? – at least for many Americans. Why is Gaza “off-limits” as a travel destination? – at least according to the US Embassy in Cairo. Why is Gaza seemingly the epicenter for conflict and strife in the Middle East? Why is Gaza so misunderstood by so many Americans?
These and many others questions will be shared in this blog, along with the journey to find some answers. Lora has an invitation to return to Gaza, but has been unable to get permission from Egypt or Israel to cross into Gaza. The U.S. Embassy in Cairo refuses to assist travelers to Gaza as well, but she won’t give up.
If something burns your soul with purpose and desire, it’s your duty to be reduced to ashes by it. Any other form of existence will be yet another dull book in the library of life. ~ Charles Bukowski