Gaza is a virtual prison with hardly any way in or out. And it has been so since ten years ago when Al Jazeera entered Gaza to talk to the grandchildren of Fatima al Najar, who had recently achieved a strange kind of fame as the oldest Palestinian suicide bomber.
These children, whose lives had been shaped by the oppressive conditions imposed on the territory by Israel, spoke frankly about the hopes, and fear, for their future. Tehal was just ten at the time, and wanted to be the first female president of Palestine.
She said she had three priorities; to clean up the mess left behind by the Israeli bulldozers, to give children their rights, and “to build a new Gaza”. In contrast, another young girl – Rana – hoped to become a journalist, “So I can tell the people how we suffer here. I am a child, I know what death means, I know what war means, I know what blood means.”
These and other children opened their hearts in a moving show of optimism in the face of the dire conditions in which they lived. Now, a decade on, Rewind returns to Gaza in search of the children featured in Children of Conflict, now young adults.Once again they speak to Al Jazeera’s cameras contrasting their aspirations of ten years ago with the reality of today.
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