Here are more stories from the students I serve at the Evangelical Lutheran School of Hope in Ramallah Palestine. This is a continuation of my last post "A School of Hope", and will be a three part series.
“My name is Tala I am sixteen years old and I go to the Lutheran school of Hope, where I am in grade 11. I am the oldest child in my family, which not very big- I have three brothers and I haven’t any sisters.
This school year is not easy, it’s a critical year that make me nervous all the time because I must plan for my future like what would I study in the university or where to work and I have a lot of different ideas about what I would like to do.
As a Palestinian girl who doesn’t know freedom, I think a lot about how I can touch this feeling and it’s the main motivation behind the dreams I have for my future. All I know about my future is I hope to help myself and the Palestinian people to feel freedom.
Our dreams are occupied because our land is our hope in life; it’s a source of life for the Palestinian people- whose work depends on planting the land and selling crops.
As a result I see my future includes struggle and hopefully one day the freedom to be like every Palestinian girl- strong and steadfast. It’s the reason why we are still here.”
-Tala, grade 11
“I am Ra’ad, a 14-year-old Palestinian boy living in Ramallah Palestine. My life is met with many challenges as I navigate all the laws imposed on my by the occupation. I would like to study abroad in the field of medicine. I belong to nobody but God. My dream is to live in my own country side-by-side with Israel. This act would bring peace to the Middle East.”
-Ra’ad, grade 9
“I’m a normal citizen named Maen who suffers from the Israeli occupation. I want to become a businessman. I belong to humanity, and I want to provide the opportunity of education to the people in Palestine in order to combat illiteracy. I hope this will provide stronger opportunities for the youth in Palestine.”
-Maen, grade 8
“My name is Rama, and I’m a Palestinian child. I live in Ramallah but I am from Hebron-Yatta, South Palestine. In the future I want to work for the police in Palestine because I love my country and I want to defend the safety of the people here. I want to change the world because everyone deserves to live in a place of peace.”
-Rama, grade 8
“I am nobody,” they tell us. “I am nothing,” when they torture us. I am Majd, a Palestinian boy whose land is being completely erased. This war can be explained by some words: blood, poverty, mind-control, soldiers, prisons, checkpoints, and stones… I wish to become a neurosurgeon to help my people when they are injured in war.”
-Majd, grade 8