During my visit to a children's center in Nusseirat refugee camp, the sound of artillery shells being fired at the nearby AlMagazi refugee camp was loud. The girls inside the center took me around to see their arts and crafts activities. The most moving one was the dream tree in which girls age 11-14 expressed their dreams of safety, education, sports activities, reading good books, traveling, going to the seaside, visiting friends relatives, having electricity and good drinking water, etc...
One of the girls said, "We will never give up dreaming. I dream of living in Yafa where my family lived before 1948. My grandmother tells me how life was great in Yaffa and I dream of going back. Nobody can stop me from dreaming, nobody should take my dreams away."
The girls danced to the music of Palestinian folklore and I passed message of love and solidarity from friends allover the world who believe that Palestinian people have the right to live in dignity, by achieving their national goals of freedom and self-determination. Meanwhile, the Israeli's artillery shelling continued.
As I started my journey back to Gaza city, a drone was in the sky and gunboats were
patrolling the sea. Driving on the rough side road, I passed by the destroyed bridges and paralyzed power plant and I thought of the drawings I saw in the center of army tanks, dead, injured, funerals, masked men.
I dream of the day when I shall be able to see children's drawings of green spacious parks, meadows, sports activities and safe seaside.