Aisha’s Story

Sunday 20 November 2016

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Aisha’s Story,

“We have lost so much, but we don’t want to lose hope”

October 11th, 2016, Gaza strip, Occupied Palestinian territory

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 Aisha“My name is Aisha, I am 15 years old, I have lived through 3 wars, lost my home and many relatives -but I dream of becoming a famous journalist so I can share others stories, when I am older”.

My name is Aisha, I am 15 years old and live in the north of the Gaza strip, near Beit Hanoun. I have 6 brothers and 2 sisters; our father left us when we were young, but my older brother helped to raise me and my siblings.

You might think this is the most difficult part of my story? I live in Gaza, which has been under blockade for almost 10 years. We are not allowed to move or to receive goods, we don’t have enough food, electricity or clean water to drink, we are simply trapped in this tiny strip, waiting and hoping for someone to help us. I am 15 years old and already lived through 3 wars.  During the attacks in the summer of 2014, we lost our home and many relatives; we spent the next several months displaced, moving from one UNRWA shelter to another.

In the summer of 2014 over 2,194 people were killed - which included 551 children and 253 women - during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge.


Two years have now passed since the 2014 war ended and I am still dreaming of the day I can return to my bedroom, and study on my desk. My home used to be few hundred meters away from my school, now I have to walk several kilometers to reach school every day, I struggle to focus on my studies* and fear when the next war will be. I want to be a famous journalist, so that I can share the stories of my friends, my community and other people who suffer. So that people outside can know more about what we are going through and try to help.

We have lost so much, all of us, but we do not want to lose hope.

Aisha, like many children in the Gaza strip suffers from psychosocial trauma.

In September 2014, UNICEF estimated that the conflict had left 373,000 Palestinian children in need of direct psychosocial support, based on the number of children affected by grave violations such as injury, killing or injury of a relative or other people, enduring airstrikes and shelling, and displacement.

To date, it is estimated that one in four children in Gaza still require psychosocial support (225,000 children) and 33,000 need specific case management.

Project and background information

Donor and member: Save the Children Norway.

Partners

·West Bank - Ibn Rushd – BZU, Tamer Institution for Community Education, Al Quds University, PCC, DCI, Al- Mezan Center, PYALARA, YMCA, Ma’an Network.

 ·Gaza - Save Youth Future, Tamer Institution for Community Education, Teacher Creativity Center, PCDCR, Beirzet University

Location: West Bank, Gaza Strip

Total funding:  24,800,000 NOK

Project dates: 2015 – 2018

Save the Children in the oPt is pursuing the Inclusive Education approach through this project while ensuring child protection mechanism through its activities, including:

  1.     Education:

 ·Outcome 1: Effective and relevant inclusive education policies and tools applied across the education system.

 

·  Outcome 2: Access of vulnerable children to schools enhanced.

 ·        Outcome 3: Vulnerable children retention & achievement at schools enhanced.
2.     Child Rights Governance

 ·Outcome 1: CRC monitoring system by government and civil society is established.

 ·Outcome 2: National CRC related systems for child rights budgeting, inclusive service delivery for children with disabilities, and ombudsman services are enhanced.

 Interview conducted by Hesham Mhanna during a NORAD Inclusive Education workshop in Gaza, occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) on Oct.2016.

 

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