From Gaza, with Love

Saturday, September 30, 2006

peace day Gaza

Peace Day: Gaza

I live in an area of conflict; so I am always thinking, working and hoping for peace. This hope for peace is a spontaneous, natural wish that lives inside me.


Name: Monal El Farra
Lives: Gaza

I hadn't heard about this Peace Day before; and I don't think many other Palestinians knew of it either.

However, what we do know about is what it's like living under the Israeli occupation. Every day we suffer from this occupation which controls all aspects of our lives.

We are forced to live in a big jail called the Gaza Strip.

The occupation deprives us of the basic requirements of human life; we are not allowed to move freely inside our country; our children are starved; patients don't get the right treatment at the right time - many of them die.

We are all at risk of being caught in a military attack - anytime, anywhere.

Working for peace

There is an increasing number of Palestinian kids suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome.

There is an increase in the level of poverty; there is a lack of proper water; we live much of the day without electricity.

I dream of the day that I won't have to worry about the safety of my youngest daughter; whether she's at home, at school or coming back from school.

Many Palestinian kids have either lost their lives or have been injured while on their way to school.

The Israeli army has attacked civilians indiscriminately over the years. In the latest episode of hostilities in the Gaza Strip, starting on 27 June, 226 Palestinians have been killed.

I think more and more of peace. It is peace that we lack, and peace that we need to lead a normal life free of fear.


I think of a free country having different developed progressive institutions, for all its citizens, enjoying a normal life and being an important part of the prosperity of the world.

The Palestinian people have, for many decades, suffered a lack of peace and political stability.

We are displaced outside our original country, historical Palestine, which was under British mandate until 1948.

Peace without a just solution of the refugees' cause according to the UN resolutions, is an insufficient peace, and will collapse quickly.

Peace that is based on justice is a big goal for us in Palestine. It is for the benefit of all people in the area; a long-lasting comprehensive solution for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Peace is inseparable from justice; only free people can enjoy peace.

Until that minute comes, I shall always work hard, and encourage others to work hard for a free, secular and democratic Palestine.

Mona ELFarra-Gaza-Palestine

Friday, September 29, 2006

Hello I'm back with love from Gaza

Dear all

Hello and sorry for not writing regularly,I didn't realize that it has been over a month since I wrote my last blog ,my son who is studying in Manchester , asked ,where Ian and what is the matter ? He knows very well that I usually write direct from my heart , and my heart is aching and full of pain agony anger and disbelief ,living through the continuous daily life under occupation , watching the young children , poor ,sick and miserable who currently need of the efforts of different aid organizations, to get their general basic needs food medicine ,school bags and uniform, ,with the increasing rate of violence amongst the Palestinian families and the anemia reached as high as 42%amongst gazan kids under 5 years ,no water no electricity . No proper food , as a result of the world economical sanctions and the daily military Israeli assaults, that are not covered by the media , everyday there is incursions , assassinations , home demolitions, and not to forget how 1.5 population are trapped inside Gaza ,
today 2 young brothers were killed while on while on their bikes , in the north of Gaza, everyday at least 3- 4 people are killed in different military actions .

I felt that I say the same things,I repeat on and on , this is the truth , I feel emotionally strained , but not defeated
,I'm like all of us here in Gaza , too much occupied by the unbearable
humanitarian crisis,I'm working all the time to secure medications , food,milk
, books for the community grants for the students ,in the most hard situation ,in the meantime following up
without real hope or enthiusam, the ongoing political marathon towards
the negotiations for Palestinian national unity government
,any way
,despite all what we are going through , we face our destiny With dignity ,
with resolve not ease,

here is the link for what I sent to the BBC on the international peace day ,on 21th of September
, with your support ,solidarity and courage to spread the truth , one day we shall all enjoy just fare peace.

in solidarity
Mona ElFarra


It was up on the site for a good few days.