Photo credit: Ali Ali
Date taken: June 26, 2013
Location: Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, Palestine
Palestinian children feed and play with their donkey near their family’s tent just outside of the refugee camp in Khan Younis.
This photograph brings back one specific memory of my time in the Gaza Strip in 2004. I was thirteen years old and desperately trying to prove to the elders that I wasn’t as childish as I looked. Still a little unfamiliar with my surroundings, my cousins took me by the hand and walked me to the nearest masjid to catch Friday prayers. Moments into the Imam’s beautiful recitation, a donkey parked with its cart near the mosque’s doors did me the greatest injustice. The hee haws and yee yahs were unbearable, and when I thought it would all be over, the other donkeys joined in. It was the most cacophonous thing. I couldn’t hold my laughter, my prayer likely didn’t count, and I received so many death stares that I prayed at home from then on.