Processing trauma through poetry in Gaza
School is one of the few places where children can dare to dream of a future. A 360° video provides a glimpse of one of those dreams – and the dreamer.
Years of conflict and blockade have taken a heavy toll on the youth and children of Gaza, where regular outbreaks of violence and deteriorating living conditions have left a generation in desperate need of psychosocial support and education.
The growing needs in Gaza have overwhelmed the capacities of health and child protection service providers, and there aren’t enough safe play areas.
As of September 2019, the deterioration in Gaza was affecting about one million children. One of them is 16-year-old Nirmeen, whose home was destroyed during the 2014 war. She and her family now live in her father’s old workshop. Thanks to UNICEF’s support, she’s able to attend school – and is using poetry to help process her trauma.