God’s Gift by S., Gaza

Once upon a time, I was in Amman, Jordan waiting to receive the permit from the Israeli side to pass into Gaza after completing my Master studies abroad. I spent six days visiting the beautiful city places until I met the incredible girl called Abeer. Abeer is a Palestinian girl from Nablus who resides in Amman and does not have the opportunity to join public school, so she is in a private one which requires lots of money. Abeer was off school for one year before our meeting; she is good-looking, her hair is well styled, and her dress is clean. What I find most contradictory about her is that she sells stories that she can’t read. I found myself buying a story and giving it to her as a gift. We, as humans, act pleasantly when we see a person in need; we don’t even ask if they are Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Black, White, Man, Woman, young, old…etc. That is the common sense that all religions call for it; is to help who want your help regardless of religion or race.

I passed into Gaza successfully, and since then I walk every Friday in the early morning on the beautiful street in which I live, knowing that it is near the sea, and I consider it one of the better streets in Gaza city. One Friday, while I was walking down the same street, I suddenly heard a strange sound coming from one of waste pins in the street. It is worth mentioning that I am falling in love with all waste pins, as I am a solid waste expert. Similar to how when a dentist meets you anywhere, they firstly look at your teeth, the same with me, when I am walking down the street I look at waste pins. The strange sound came from a waste picker called Yousef, who was looking for anything valuable inside the waste bin. Yousef is a 7 years old child and he informed me that he used to look for plastic waste to sell to the plastic recycling factory. Yousef is off school and getting only 5 NIS (around 1.5$) per day. I gave Yousef 10 NIS and requested that he not to work for two days, but I really felt guilty that I couldn’t give him a permanent solution.

Children anywhere in the world are gifts from God, they must live happy life, be educated in good schools, and grow up in a safe environment.

 

This is just one example of the important work produced YaLa’s citizen journalists, a program funded by the European Union’s Peacebuilding Initiative in order to enable young leaders from across the Middle East and North Africa to document and share their experiences of the region. 
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