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Photo credit: Lefteris Pitarakis
Date taken: July 31, 2014
Location: Beit Lahya, Gaza Strip, Palestine
Five-year-old Hajar Muharram sits at a desk in a classroom in a United Nations-run school. Hajar and her family of seven fled their home in the northern Gaza Strip and have since joined hundreds of other Palestinians taking refuge in the school. Nearly 500,000 Palestinians have been displaced as a result of Israel’s major military offensive against Gaza.
Although Hajar is Arabic for “emigrated,” there is nothing voluntary about her displacement. Her eyes tell you all you need to know. Humanity has failed her.