“We Are Not Numbers” is the proclamation of Palestinian youth from Gaza – desperate and proud at the same time.
This project, which needs your help to both survive and grow, pairs developing writers from Gaza and the refugee camps of Lebanon with authors/mentors around the world to tell the human stories behind the numbers in the news.
Two years ago, Israel launched “Operation Protective Edge,” killing more than 2,000, injuring more than 11,000 and leaving more than 100,000 homeless. This year, honor Gaza by lifting up their voices.
The Forgotten Group
Gaza as a place—1.8 million people—is neglected by most of the world, rarely receiving much more than a shrug between the periodic Israeli assaults. But one group particularly left out of the power politics and aid allocations is young adults. They go into university stretching every penny, and finally graduate to…nothing.Unemployment among this age group is over 60 percent, and one survey showed the incidence of serious depression at more than half. No wonder suicide is increasing at an alarming rate and smuggler boats—including the one that sunk off the coast of Egypt in 2014—are full. Yet most “aid” programs are aimed at women and children.
From Writer to Gaza Project Manager: How The Journey Began
Twenty-one-year-old Ahmed Alnaouq lives in Deir Al-Balah, in the middle of the Gaza Strip. During the Israeli assault of the summer of 2014, his older and only brother was killed by an Israeli missile, while walking on the street near his home. Ahmed sunk into a depression from which he thought he would never emerge.
During a Facebook conversation with American journalist Pam Bailey, he confessed, “I extremely miss my brother. I go to his grave all the time, and when I am alone, I burst out crying.”
The We Are Not Numbers fundraiser closes on July 30, 2016.