Guest contribution by Manar Mohammad
“We have got to understand that people in third world countries think and care and smile and cry just like us.
“We have got to understand that they dream our dreams and we dream theirs.
“We have got to understand that they are us. We are them.”
This is a short part of a speech that Rachel Corrie, then a mere ten years old, wrote for her school’s Fifth Grade Press Conference on World Hunger. (Watch the video here.) Back then, Rachel had only peeled back the curtain enough to reveal what she had inside of her. She grew up as a passionate and thoughtful child, questioning the world and writing about these thoughts in countless journals, as if one day these writings would speak back to her and give her the answers she needed. She did not know how to help, only that she wanted to, until she was a college student and joined the International Solidarity Movement in Gaza. [Read more...]