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One Missile, One Playground: The Will of Gaza (Ramzy Baroud)


Ramzy Baroud -- World News Trust

June 8, 2011 -- GAZA -- A Hamas commander drove a beat-up gray van in northern Gaza and theatrically spoke on his walkie-talkie as I sat in the passenger seat. The van was almost barren, save for the most basic equipment propelling it to move forward over the bumpy roads of an overcrowded refugee camp.

Iyad was not here to show me any militant training camp, or even to assess the damage that had befallen the impoverished Gaza Strip during Israels devastating war, Operation Cast Lead, which killed and wounded thousands in 2008-09. Scars of the damage sustained during the three-week onslaught are still visible throughout the Strip. Iyad was here to show me his latest personal project: a playground for refugee children.

At first glance, the playground did not seem impressive at all. All I noticed was a small plot of dirt jammed between two unsightly concrete buildings.

So, what do you think? asked Iyad, with a proud smile. His attempt at growing a full beard was not entirely successful, giving him a younger, albeit disheveled appearance.

Its impressive, I replied, still trying to understand the nature of the accomplishment.

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