From Gaza, with Love

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Gaza Marathon -1st of march 2012

Solidarity and Joy during the Gaza Marathon

March 01, 2012

It is such an usually cold, stormy and rainy day in Gaza. But despite the weather, 2000 children from UNRWA (United Nations Relief Work Agency) schools started out on the Second Gaza Marathon at 6:30am this morning. The marathon route stretched 42 km from Beit Hanoun in the north to Rafah in the south. There were 70 international runners who joined in solidarity with Palestinians. The end point was Rafah Beach where the participants were received by the cheers of the crowd and the UNRWA officials.the finish line to cheers from the crowd.

I was one of the MECA team in Gaza that took part in the marathon. We walked for 4 km and met many internationals from Spain, UK, USA, Fance, and Belgium. The whole atmosphere was one of solidarity and joy. I was so pleased to see children, especially girls, having fun. The children were all so excited and tired but happy. Around 2000 children age 12-15 took part in the marathon. We stayed until the end cheering and encouraging the runners.

Mohammed Majdalawi, another member of the MECA team in Gaza commented that "The Gaza Marathon went great and MECA is honoured to have taken part and to continue to work for a better future for all of Gaza's children."

Lots of smiles at the closing ceremony! Palestinian children.


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