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Rawan explores the world of Gaza's children under fire

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CLoP @LaRawanYaghi

When I was a kid, my parents told me that humans were good. They lived through war as children too. Why did they tell me that.

11/08/2014 07:20:42 WIB
CLoP @LaRawanYaghi

Maybe they wanted me to figure it out by myself.

11/08/2014 07:21:03 WIB
CLoP @LaRawanYaghi

I guess humans are capable of containing both love and hatred and the latter could be more destructive.

11/08/2014 07:22:23 WIB
CLoP @LaRawanYaghi

As a kid, I didn't know that israel's bombs were a form of hatred. I realized it when I grew up. I don't think I know another form of it.

11/08/2014 07:24:19 WIB
CLoP @LaRawanYaghi

Maybe my parents do believe that human beings are good.

11/08/2014 07:25:03 WIB
CLoP @LaRawanYaghi

Nobody ever explained to me, as a kid, what israel was or what occupation was. I grew up with a certain love for a better life somewhere.

11/08/2014 07:27:15 WIB
CLoP @LaRawanYaghi

That better life grew in me as Palestine, where someone else did not want me to be.

11/08/2014 07:28:59 WIB
CLoP @LaRawanYaghi

I thought, by studying hard, I'll be worthy of that place. Little did I know. It seems like my ethnicity is enough to keep me out of it.

11/08/2014 07:30:40 WIB
CLoP @LaRawanYaghi

The children of Palestine grow up believing they're outsiders. That the world does not want them.

11/08/2014 07:34:53 WIB
CLoP @LaRawanYaghi

While their parents give them all the love they can, being constantly threatened makes them feel like the world has turned its back in them.

11/08/2014 07:37:18 WIB
CLoP @LaRawanYaghi

Children pick up the insecurity and fear of their parents.

11/08/2014 07:39:18 WIB
CLoP @LaRawanYaghi

I remember the so many times my mom was scared for my siblings' lives when they were outside and a strike hit nearby.

11/08/2014 07:40:32 WIB
CLoP @LaRawanYaghi

I can't say I was scared. I don't remember how I felt. But I certainly saw how scared she was.

11/08/2014 07:41:26 WIB
CLoP @LaRawanYaghi

They see and hear children who were killed or injured. They grow up with the memory of lost friends.

11/08/2014 07:44:07 WIB
CLoP @LaRawanYaghi

A land in which their grandparents lived a better life than the camps' life in which they're living, is fostered in their imagination.

11/08/2014 07:48:55 WIB
CLoP @LaRawanYaghi

The way they're locked and isolated by walls and borders and checkpoints makes them feel more distanced.

11/08/2014 07:50:34 WIB
CLoP @LaRawanYaghi

During 2008 offensive, I felt so alienated. I felt like I didn't belong to this world.

11/08/2014 07:53:25 WIB
CLoP @LaRawanYaghi

I could not explain why so many of us had to die under rubble. So many children.

11/08/2014 07:59:05 WIB
CLoP @LaRawanYaghi

The so many times I felt something gripping my heart as a bomb fell from their planes.

11/08/2014 08:06:03 WIB
CLoP @LaRawanYaghi

I believe myself to have been a strong kid. So many kids in Palestine are strong and grow up overcoming the situation.

11/08/2014 08:08:46 WIB
CLoP @LaRawanYaghi

If they're lucky to grow up with their parents in their house with good income like I did. So many do not.

11/08/2014 08:09:49 WIB
CLoP @LaRawanYaghi

I was once home alone with my little brother and a strike hit a car 20 meters from our house. We were terrified.

11/08/2014 08:17:07 WIB
CLoP @LaRawanYaghi

I think I was about 13. I sat with my brother in the middle of the house avoiding windows and walls as my parents always did.

11/08/2014 08:18:35 WIB
CLoP @LaRawanYaghi

I tried to call my parents at my aunt's house but the lines didn't work.

11/08/2014 08:19:49 WIB
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