Photo of the Day: ‘Oh rascal children of Gaza’

Note: Due to the sheer amount of evocative and telling photography coming out of Palestine, we have transitioned our weekly photograph features into daily photograph features and will continue uploading images on a daily basis until further notice.

Photo credit: Mohammed Salem
Date taken: July 31, 2014
Location: Jabalya Refugee Camp, Gaza Strip, Palestine

A Palestinian boy, who fled with his family from their home during Israeli air strikes, bathes his brother at a United Nations-run school in the Jabalya Refugee Camp in the northern Gaza Strip. The school is a designated shelter for Palestinians who were displaced by Israel’s offensive.

A moving poem written by Rafah-born author Khaled Juma has been making the rounds lately. I find it to be exceptionally appropriate here.

“Oh rascal children of Gaza.
You who constantly disturbed me with your screams under my window.
You who filled every morning with rush and chaos.
You who broke my vase and stole the lonely flower on my balcony.
Come back, and scream as you want and break all the vases.
Steal all the flowers.
Come back…
Just come back…”


There are 3 comments

  1. Maryam

    that poem gives me goosebumps. May Allah make it easy for all Palestinians especially the children. Victory shall prevail biidhniLlah

  2. Ola Bog

    Sad and beautiful. Greetings from Norway.
    I have translated this to Norwegian;

    Å rakkerunger i Gaza.
    Dere som stadig forstyrra meg med skrik og skrål utafor vinduet mitt.
    Dere som fylte hver morgen med oppløp og kaos.
    Dere som knuste vasen min og knabba den eneste blomsten på balkongen.
    Kom tilbake, og skrik og skrål og knus alle vasene.
    Ta alle blomstene.
    Men kom tilbake ..
    Kom tilbake ..


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