Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

The Boy and the Wall

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

The Boy and the Wall

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The Boy and the Wall By Amahl Bishara, Lajee Center, 2005, 24 pp. List: $22.50; AET: $18.

Poignantly illustrated by children living in the West Bank's Aida Refugee Camp-Linda al-Azzeh, Mohamed Qassim, Abeer Malash, Mohamed Sarhaan, Layan al-Azzeh, Khalid Qarqi', Douha Musallam, Omar Khadar, Hamza Musallam and Basil Zubun-and written in both Arabic and English, Amahl Bishara's story of The Boy and the Wall is a moving tale of a young boy daring to dream beyond the huge wall which has disrupted his life. Despite the physical and political ugliness of the wall, the boy's world is beautiful and the story is hopeful. With the wise and loving support of his mother, he still is able to envision multiple roles for himself, all of which result in the destruction of the wall and a better future.

The children's colorful drawings illustrate both the realities of childhood under occupation as well as the Palestinian culture in which they live. …

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