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“We will smile despite the destruction, displacement and homelessness we are passing through. The world’s students are now preparing their school bags following a happy summer vacation, celebrating the new school year and meeting their friends, but we Gaza children are not. I hope that we can lead a normal life similar to other children in the world and go to our schools in safety and security. We did not do anything wrong, and on this day we should have been sitting at school desks.” -Basem, Gaza, August 2014

“We will smile despite the destruction, displacement and homelessness we are passing through. The world’s students are now preparing their school bags following a happy summer vacation, celebrating the new school year and meeting their friends, but we Gaza children are not. I hope that we can lead a normal life similar to other children in the world and go to our schools in safety and security. We did not do anything wrong, and on this day we should have been sitting at school desks.” -Basem, Gaza, August 2014