Reflections of the children of New Askar refugee camp
Abdul Kareem Al Ka’be,
I loved this camp very
much and I liked the activities because they made me smile from
the heart and I could do all my hobbies there. I learnt many
things there, like music, Dabka dancing and painting. After
meeting some of the disabled children, I really hope that they
will recover soon.
Abdullah Al Ashkar, 8
Before this camp I had
bad ideas about the foreigners, but after meeting them I liked
them very much. The most special thing about them is that they
kept smiling all the time. I felt sad when I had to go home
because I hate staying at home where there is nothing to do. I
hope to participate in the next summer camp.
Almasa Abu Zaid, 10
I liked the camp and I
liked the way the local and international volunteers treated us.
I learnt how to love the others. This is the second time I have
participated in the camp and I hope to participate in future
camps. The camp showed me that the internationals want peace and
they just want to make us smile, and I discovered that they are
very kind people.
Sujod Abu Lehya, 8
I much preferred
participating in the camp activities than staying at home. I
liked the international volunteers very much and I especially
liked the English language activities and playing the musical
instruments. I feel that despite what we suffer, Palestinian
children will resist the occupation through our smiles and we
hope that the future will be better.
Shayma`a Al Tak, 9
I didn’t expect to be as
happy as I have been. This is the third camp that I have
participated in and with each year my attachment grows. This
year I learnt lots of new words and expressions at the English
‘corner’ that will be useful to me in the future.
Mohammad Mabrok, 15
I really liked the camp,
during which I learnt Dabka and traditional dances. I used to be
afraid of disabled people but now I see that they are humans
just like the rest of us. I am grateful to the volunteers for
the efforts they made to please the children and I hope to
participate in the next camp.
Etaf Ghazl, 11 years
I was so happy during
the camp that I couldn’t stop smiling all the time. I love the
international volunteers and I agreed to stay friends forever
with many of them. The time when I was least happy was when I
had to leave. I liked playing, dancing, and reading stories.
Also, before the camp I used to be afraid of the disabled but
now I consider them brothers.
Anas Aramsha, 14
During my participation
in the summer camp I learnt many things such as commitment,
Dabka, and theatre. I really loved the internationals because
they had a great sense of humour. I enjoyed the summer camp very
much and I hope that it will happen again next year.
Shady Far, 7 years old
this summer camp I learnt how to follow rules and to respect the
morning queue. I loved playing sports with my friends and I hope
that all the children will participate again next year.
Hanna Al Khaleli, 12
I learnt to respect the
disabled children because they are still humans just like us. I
really prefer to spend my time at the camp than at home.
Nora Abu Lehya, 11
My experience in the
camp had a great effect on me because I learnt many things like
music, English, arts, discipline, scouting, and Dabka. I hope
that in the future the camp will last longer because I really
liked the internationals.
Batol Shalabi, 12
The camp gave me the
chance to practise all my hobbies like Dabka, sports, and music.
My friends encouraged me to participate and I loved all the
internationals there. They treated us equally with the disabled
and this is what I liked the most.
Linda Al Madani, 10
I participated in all
the activity corners and I especially liked the music corner,
where I learnt the most beautiful songs and tunes as well as
dances like the Dabka, which is an important part of our
heritage. The time I spent there was full of happiness, joy and
Reem Shatara, 11
I liked the camp very
much and I learnt many things there, like discipline, how to
treat each other with respect, and cooperation. And the best
thing was that I could practise all my hobbies which I can’t
practise at home and I could be creative in it with my friends.
Kholod Karam, 12 years
This is not the first
time that I have participated in the summer camp. This time I
was able to improve in activities like Dabka, music and theatre
and I learnt how to correct my mistakes. I encourage all the
other children to participate in future camps because they will
have a lot of fun.
Mohammad Abu Zaid, 8
I loved the camp very
much, and especially the international volunteers. I used to be
afraid of disabled people but now I respect them and I can
appreciate how much they suffer. I liked the camp because it
brought me and my friends together and there were a lot of great
activities and corners in it that I enjoyed.
Ahmad Mashayekh, 12
The camp was great! I
learnt a lot of things like reading, Dabka, drama, theatre, and
I learnt how to help the disabled and make them laugh. The
atmosphere was very friendly. I had a lot of fun and I hope to
participate again next year.
Gamela Abu Zaid, 6 years
If it weren’t for the
camp I would have remained bored at home. I learnt how to depend
on myself, I had a lot of fun in the camp and I loved the music.
Najah Al Madani, 7 years
During my participation
at the camp I learnt many things like discipline, commitment,
theatre, painting, scouting, singing, Dabka and how to remove
dangerous objects from the road. I prefer to spend my time at
the camp rather than at home because there I can do all the
things I like.
Besan Zaghal, 13 years
I especially loved
participating in the Dabka corner because I was able to learn
some new dance moves. I feel that the camp gives us hope and
makes all the children smile.
Alaa’ Tahan, 11 years
I learnt many things
during this camp and I made progress in English and in Dabka
dancing. This is not the first time that I have taken part in
it, but every year I discover new things that fill me with
happiness. I want to thank Zajel and all the volunteers for all
the effort they go to in order to make us happy, because I like
to see all the children smiling as that is what they deserve.
Zen Awad, 9 years old
I benefited a lot from
the English corner, as I learnt how to write my name and age and
how to say things in English. It’s so exciting to take part in
the summer camp and I’m already looking forward to the next one.