Youth From Gaza Tell Their Personal Stories About War and Siege
- An International Project Advocating For The Rights of Children in Gaza -
THE WORLD’S DEAF EARS
The Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip in December 2008 - January 2009 was extremely violent and led in 22 days to the death of at least 1380 Palestinians, amongst which 431 were children. At least 5380 were wounded including 1872 children. An estimated number of 100,000 people were newly displaced. Houses, schools, hospitals, places of worship and cultural centres were destroyed. A year later, the blockade of Gaza remains and its separation from the West Bank has deepened since the West Bankers were completely impotent to stop the massacre or help their fellow Gazan Palestinians. The media were counting the casualties. The whole world was watching. Did anybody hear?
THE RISE OF THE PHOENIX FROM ITS ASHES
In 2010, ASHTAR Theatre together with partnering theatres from all over the world
decided that it is time to make the voices of our children in Gaza heard and let at
least their monologues travel to known places and be heard from people outside
their prison Gaza...
The Gaza Mono-Logues are personal stories of a group of children from Gaza
which were sent out to the world and performed simultaneously on October 17th 2010
by over 1500 youngsters in more than 50 cities in 36 countries all over the world.
The week before the "International Day of Solidarity with the Inalienable Rights of the
Palestinian People" on November 29th 2010, the Gaza Mono-Logues reached the
harbor of the UN headquarters in New York and were performed twice in its venues.
Ever since, ASHTAR Theatre and its partners and friends world-wide have continued
to re-perform the Gaza Mono-Logues and new participants and theatres are always
welcome to join our global initiative.
THE BURNING OF THE PNOENIX ONCE AGAIN
Between 8 July and 26 August 2014, Israeli occupation conducted a major asault on Gaza Strip which lasted over 50 days. According to UNICEF at least 538 Palestinian children were reported killed during that hostile attack; 2,254 total deaths; 54,000 children homeless; 3,106 children injured; 1,500 children orphaned; and 89 entire families killed.
THE CONTINOUS CRY OF THE PHOENIX TO THE WORLD
To this day Gaza's children stay isolated and deprived from their basic rights. Hence, ASHTAR Theatre intends to draw attention to the continuous deprivation and humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip caused by wars and its rigid closure, and to advocate for the rights and needs of our children in Gaza who are the innocent victims of this ongoing conflict which takes all their life opportunities, dreams and hopes for a better and peaceful future away from them.