Archive for 03/02/2010

Here Palestinian Children Can play, Read And Sing

Posted in Everyday life in Gaza, Gaza, Palestine on 03/02/2010 by 3071km

 Source: The Palestine Telegraph

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 February 3, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) – Al-Qattan center where the Palestinian children go to play, read, sing and write in their blogs, the Palestine telegraph met those children in the holiday and prepared this report.

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Lana , her sister,8 years, and her cousin Miral ,10 years went to the center after the exams to read stories in order to enjoy and forget their suffering.

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Al-Qatan center for the child is the only center that focuses on children in Palestine to improve their skills and invest their space time with activities to meliorate their life condition. there is a big library where they can borrow books to read and to do their researches.

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Mostafa Hasan, 15 years, is a member of the library since 3 years and he became one of the unique members who can easily find the book he wants. he helps others to find the books they search.

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Amera, 13 years, she participated with the team of Dabka, Palestinian dance, also she became one of those active members. she and her friends are training to perform a dance on the day of mothers. the center will manage a party includes all the arts that the children do at the center.

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Any child here can participate in completions, fun games, watching the theater. children under 5 years can participate also with some activities suite their age.

Story and Photo by PT Reporter Eman Jomaa

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Gaza is in the eyes of their children

Posted in Gaza, Gaza reconstruction, Gaza war crimes investigation, IDF, Israel, Israel politics, Israel's separation wall, Operation Cast Lead, Palestine, Pictures, Poetry, Siege, War crimes on 03/02/2010 by 3071km

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source: The Palestine Telegraph

Gaza, February 03, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) “Gaza is in the eyes of their children” Exhibition Photography and Video Art opened “professional windows of contemporary art” in Gaza City for nineteen infants who received a workshop for six weeks, funded by the Children of War – NETHERLANDS WAR CHILD HOLLAND “.
Embraced the exhibition between the flanks fifty-five photographs and video art work done by children individually or in cooperation among themselves after several attempts by the Applied stumble repeatedly softer nails professional.

However, some camera skills seemed prominent in images of children, focusing on the integration time and playing on the water lighting and skill “critical shot” “” decisive moment and the system of triangulation applied by young trainees in their photos.
Gaza, which looked as if they saw children other than those used glasses to see on television and in newspapers and sites on the Web site. In photographs missed the planes and the smell of death and blood and dust mass, to be replaced by smiles of children playing and practicing their childhood is like Batabiei.

Fjmanp August (14) quoted a child playing with her portfolio as “PlayStation” inside his house, and Mohammed Abu Eisha, Take a picture of children playing soccer in the stadium, “asphalt” Bbdlathm sports. The girl Kariman Mashharawi it seems fascinated with lighting that fell on the girl caressed “banda” in the evening, but the child preferred a peaceful painted shed lens on the children crammed into the swing seemed an orphan.
The share of the Sea of Gaza, signed by the children’s eyes, our delegations Ahmed applied the theory of “triangulation” on land, sea and water in the form of the Sea of Gaza Ttosth fishing boats, accompanied by nostalgia star taken pictures of children playing instruments fishermen, the fish market.

However, that does not mean the complete absence of movement of the bait last footage from the Gaza Strip in particular in the work of video art, Vzia Abu arts (14 years) the transfer of child labor by focusing the camera lens through the newly industrialized technology snapshot “traveling shot” on the market at the corner of the famous Strip, a potent light on the dolls and cigarette wholesalers mobile.
Abdel Rahman al-Madhoun, and the names of Bashir Venqla remnants of war, the body of the flag of Palestine Valmdhun Hugh technical part of the mass Bashir was quoted as insisting on life through tracing was bombed was revived again.

The girl glory Mashharawi (13 years), one of the trainees, Radio Netherlands International, “We pick images at random and it is important to take shape, but now after the session for 6 weeks photo was taken of the brothers before the photo session after the session The blank is now pretty picture.”
Beside the picture is full of children playing on the swing and stood peacefully Madhoun (8 years), said: “In the session started to love photography and found Anu hobby photography,
Leave learned tracts, and if in two side some to be close together. ”
The girl Jumana August (10 years), said: “We learned how to evacuate in the spaces, and beautiful spaces in the image and how to take advantage of colors of objects in the house and the street.”

In an interview with Radio Netherlands International, said the artist Basil Maqqousi, Project Coordinator, “The professional children selected after a series of workshops during which the selection of those who believe that it is possible to develop professional skills in Video Art and Photograph in the context of promoting a culture of child rights which have been agreed by the Parties on the development of the child’s personality, talents and mental and physical abilities to their fullest potential. ”
The Maqqousi that one of the pitfalls, which interviewed the project is that the trainees focused on their tour of the first hands-on training to portray the demolished homes and some of the effects of war.

Maqqousi He added that the project led them to other areas from which to discover beauty, the ultimate goal is to move away from their psychological effects of the recent Israeli war on Gaza, which is still lingering in their consciousness.
Israel had launched late December 2008 the “Cast Lead” on the Strip, the 22 days has killed more than 1400 Palestinians, including 300 children, and destroyed more than 4000 building, according to Palestinian statistics.

For his part, artist Sharif Sarhan, one of the trainers, the children attended several lectures on the history and theory of the foundations of Photography and Video Art, and then examined the photographs and video works have been discussed with them before setting off for practical training.
He pointed out that through the project have been directed to focus on issues related to the rights of the child to play, education and safe life, but the scarcity of public places was already an obstacle in front of them, forcing them to shoot their brothers and their parents at home.

He Sarhan of the most important achievements of the project is to break the psychological barrier between the child and the camera and they are now not afraid to use and were trained to attempt to refine their skills in detecting beautiful things, pointing out that “it is possible that in the future, one a professional photographer or documentary filmmaker, and this is not far away.”

 

Nightmares continue to plague Gaza children

Posted in Everyday life in Gaza, Gaza, Hamas, Operation Cast Lead, Palestine, Pictures, Siege with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 03/02/2010 by 3071km

Date published: 3 February 2010

Source: The Electronic Intifada

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Mona al-Samouni shows a photo of her parents who she witnessed being killed in Israel’s assault on Gaza in January 2009. (Suhair Karam/IRIN)

OCCUPIED GAZA STRIP (IRIN) – Mona al-Samouni, 12, is depressed and has nightmares about the day — just more than a year ago — when she witnessed her parents and a number of relatives being shot by Israeli soldiers in their home in Zeitoun, southeast of Gaza City.

Like a number of other children who witnessed horrific events during last year’s 23-day Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip, Mona has become increasingly withdrawn and silent — common ways of coping with tragedies, doctors say.

Statistics about Palestinians who lost their life during the military operation vary, but nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) place the overall number of persons killed between 1,387 and 1,417. The Gaza authorities report 1,444 fatal casualties, while Israel provides a figure of 1,166, according to the UN Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, also known as the Goldstone report.

The killing of Mona’s family is one of the most notorious incidents of last year’s conflict in Gaza and was one of 11 incidents investigated by the UN mission “in which Israeli forces launched direct attacks against civilians with lethal outcome” and in which “the facts indicate no justifiable military objective pursued by the attack.” It said Israeli forces “killed 23 members of the extended al-Samouni family” on that day.

“There is a significant deterioration in the psychological well-being of Palestinian children who are living in the Gaza Strip, especially after the recent war,” Ayesh Samour, director of the Psychiatric Hospital in Gaza, told IRIN.

According to a study by NGO Ard al-Insan in Gaza, 73 percent of Gaza children are still suffering from psychological and behavioral disorders, including psychological trauma, nightmares, involuntary urination, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Samour said children in Gaza were being denied a normal childhood because of the insecurity and instability in their environment. He said a culture of violence and death had pervaded their mentalities, making them angrier and more aggressive.

A dearth of health professionals in the Strip and a lack of access to medical equipment meant children were not getting the help they needed, Samour said.

Basem Naim, the Hamas minister of health in Gaza, said hospitals and primary care facilities damaged during the Gaza conflict have not been rebuilt due to the blockade of the territory under which Israel bans the entry of construction materials, saying they could be used for military purposes.

“Health professionals in Gaza have been cut off from the outside world,” Naim said.

Hussain Ashour, director of al-Shifa Hospital, the main hospital in Gaza City, said they lacked medical equipment and pediatricians.

Project

Save the Children Sweden and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on 25 January launched the Family Centers Project in Gaza.

“The project will ensure that the right to survival and development of children at risk … is ensured through the establishment of 20 Family Centers in different communities of the Gaza Strip,” Patricia Hoyos, director of Save the Children in Gaza, told IRIN.

“Its main role is to serve a wide population and to provide quality child protection, educational, health and psychosocial services to all those in need of support,” she said.

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