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S: Narratives from Nablus

BC: Photos and book design by Annie Escobar Text by Ilona Nanay

FC: Narratives from Nablus

1: Nablus, West Bank, Palestine

4: Enter any camp and you can’t see where the streets end. They twist. They turn. They are dark. They are narrow. Kids don’t have enough space to see. Homes are close. Homes are small. Kids can’t see. There is a relationship between vision and anxiety. There is a relationship between vision and imagination. -Suhad, Psychosocial Specialist at TYO

6: When you are surrounded by invasion, occupation, poverty and trauma, your sensibility is no longer normal. You don’t see things like a five year old, but like an adult. There is no time for childhood. -Suhad

8: In our environment, kids play a lot with toy guns. This is their life. This is how they grow up. This is what they see. When kids play with their guns they are expressing themselves. In treatment you need to go with it because he is telling you the story. | Play is part of treatment. I wish no kids were killed in street. I wish no fathers were lost. But this is their life...

9: How are you going to assess trauma if you do not give them space to express their story? -Suhad

10: "Israeli soldiers invaded my house once. My sons still repeat the experience. Repeating means healing. If you don’t express yourself it can be disastrous. It can destroy your life. It makes you vengeful. We don’t want violence. We don’t want anyone to be killed. We at TYO validate their story. We believe them. We hear them. We heal them. We don’t want violence. -Suhad

13: “It is so difficult,” the mom tells us. “There are ten of us. My husband is sick. We want to fix the house. There is no source of income. My husband's salary is 2000 shekels. It is not enough. During the intifada, two of my sons were shot by Israeli soldiers. One was shot in the back of the head. He was in the hospital for ninety days. Nobody helped us. I am afraid to send my kids to school. I don’t want them to be shot by Israelis.” Rahma, Wallah, Mahmoun, Farida, and Fauzia are all sitting, listening.

14: “There are many wounded people in this family. God willing, it will be a good future.”

15: "Mahmoun is thirteen years old. He no longer goes to school. I am afraid to send him after the intifada. | "

16: Fauzia and Farida both have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. They witnessed death. They tried to go to school but they did not succeed. | They were unable to communicate. No one accepted them. They were beat up. They were called stupid. They are ridiculed because their dad is a street cleaner.

19: “They come home from TYO very happy. They play games together there and love it. Before, kids played in the streets. TYO welcomed Fauzia and this is the best thing they did.” -Fauzia's mother

20: Imagination is hope. When you imagine, you are healing yourself. We have tanks. We have invasion. But you ask them, 'what do you wish you had?' 'I wish I could be at the beach. ' 'I dreamt that I was a queen. ' They are wishing. They are dreaming. -Suhad

22: When you go back the United States, you have to tell them that the kids here need to live in peace. They are beautiful. They’re normal kids too, but they need things, they are missing things. You have to tell them that we deserve to live like normal people.

23: We deserve to be respected like everyone else in the world -Suhad

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