On Sunday we had the pleasure of spending our morning with a class of grade two students from one of the schools in Azzun Atma, a village where we monitor access to education. We explained to the students that in January, my team mates and I will all be going back to our home countries and that we’ll be trying to tell the story of what we’ve seen here in Palestine. We asked if they would be willing to draw some pictures about life in Azzun Atma, to help us tell the story. The photos that follow are some of the drawings we received, pieces of the stories of some 7 and 8 year olds who live and go to school in Palestine.
Ahns drawing in class.
Malak and Heba.
Malak with her drawing of a house.
Haya’s drawing of a house, birds and flowers.
Samer’s drawing of his school, a tree, and a mom holding a baby.
Amal, with her drawing of a house, trees, sunshine and clouds in Azzun Atma.
Hala’s drawing of a flower and a cloud.
Sereen’s drawing of a house, trees and flowers.
Raneem drew a picture of car’s waiting to pass the soldiers at the checkpoint.
When I saw Sadee’s drawing I asked her if the person inside the house was holding a plate of food. She told me that it wasn’t a house, it was a checkpoint, and that the person was a soldier holding a gun.
Zeina told me that she drew a picture of someone being arrested by a soldier.
Mohamad drew a picture of cars waiting at the checkpoint, the wall in Azzun Atma and his school.
Heba drew a soldier stopping a nurse and ambulance from passing at the checkpoint.
Hamza drew a house, an apple tree and a banana tree. When I asked him who the people where he said that the one at the bottom of the page is a soldier with a gun, and that the small one is a boy. Hamza says that the soldier wants to kill the boy.
Fatemeh drew a house, some trees and cars waiting to pass a soldier at the checkpoint.
This is Baha.
Baha drew his school and some houses. He also drew the wall, two soldiers, and some trees surrounded by barbed wire.