Birds in paradise – MESSAGES FROM GAZA NOW – October 2023 – March 2024

Birds in paradise

When we were young and a child in the family or in the neighbourhood died, adults would tell us that this child is in heaven, he will be transformed into a beautiful bird in paradise. 

We liked the idea, yet we had doubts. If it is something so good, why are mothers and fathers weeping, mourning, crying?  Why do mothers keep wearing black dresses for months, why do they not smile anymore? Why is no-one laughing, and if any of us laugh they tell us to be quiet? 

UNICEF and the Ministry of Health has said that 13,000 children were killed in Gaza by the Israeli army during the last 5 months. 

This is too many birds; I think paradise is full of birds now. 

Isn’t it enough?