From Gaza, with Love

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Young voice from Jabalia refugee camp

Dear all
I would like today to introduce to you Adam Khalil ,you can learn more about him and about his life, under occupation in the Jabalia refugee camp in Gaza Strip from his blog directly

What concern me is to tell you how I got to know Adam. I started the Jabalia Library Project in 1992 as a response to Dr. Muneer Fascae, the ex-director of Tamer Institute in Ramallah. Dr. Fashae launched a campaign to encourage reading inside the Palestinian community and I responded by setting up the the library project next to the medical center in Jabalia where I work. The aim was to encourage youngsters to read and to provide them with the books. At that time, Adam came along with other kids pleased to be part of this activity inside the camp. This modest activity developed to be a nice kids club with different activities, where the kids can read, dance, play, paint, learn English, and other activities.

One of the goals of the project was to encourage kids to think in a democratic way and to give them a chance to read freely, different sorts of books. We didn't try to tell them what they should and shouldn't read, just provided them of a place of their own, distant from the poor crowded alleys of the camp and the violence and atrocities of the Israeli Occupation Army.

Another important goal of this center is to encourage kids to be active members in their community and to help in the development of their community by stregthening the humanitarian values of giving to others, and sharing with others.

There was an important idea in this work of how to invest human resources in the community; it is not the funds alone which were very scarce in the beginnings.

Over the years many kids benefited from this ongoing project. The project started as a dream, and the dream came true because every body was helping. We all helped and with the non stops efforts of the Union of Health Work Committees staff and members, as well as different outside groups and supporters for this work, and the people of Jabalia people, we all succeeded.

I felt proud and satisfied to come across Adam's Blog, to listen to this young voice from Jabalia telling the world what is going on in Palestine.

Yours in solidarity
Mona ElFarra

Ps I have been trying to post this for 3 days. The lack of power was a big proplem.


  • At the end, after all these sufferances, the difficulties and all things that you have been through for years in your daily life, you should have evaluated much more carefully and respect much more than the rest of us every little important or not detail of your life!
    My warmest thoughts are always with you to live a normal and free life the soonest possible again.

    By Blogger philos, at 8/19/2006 11:41 AM  






    By Blogger ATHENA, at 8/19/2006 9:22 PM  

  • Thanks so much Mona, for introducing Adam - that was great! I went to visit his blog and feel sorry, I didn't detect it earlier - it is fantastic!
    Thanks as well for telling and explaining about Jebalia!
    Rest assured I will support Adam just the way I support you, Naj, Sharifo ... and ALL Palestinians!! BIG HUG - as well for Sondos!

    By Blogger Karin, at 8/19/2006 10:06 PM  

  • I can only echo what Philos said.

    God bless you!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/19/2006 11:28 PM  

  • Mona - please check your e-mail!

    By Blogger Karin, at 8/21/2006 9:30 AM  

  • Thank you for writing that. So many people live in ignorance of the suffering of the Palestinian people. I wish the best for Adam. I hope he can educate as many people as possible.

    By Blogger Julia Riber Pitt, at 6/15/2007 6:04 PM  

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