Ahmed Alnaouq, 23, graduated from Al-Azhar University in Gaza City, with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. A resident of the Gaza community of Deir Albalah, he says his dream is to advance the cause of Palestinian human rights and to expose the “human face” of the Israeli occupation. He works for a Palestinian NGO. He has also agreed to be an occasional correspondent for CTIP. Watch this little video to meet Ahmed…
I met Ahmed when I was in Gaza two years ago. He struck me as a serious, intelligent young fellow trying to figure out what to do in a very difficult (and stressful) situation.
One of his activities was as a writer for We are not numbers (WANN), a Palestinian NGO whose objective is to help Palestinian youth reach out over Israel’s blockade to talk to, and with, the outside world. He later took on responsibilities as WANN’s Gaza Project Manager.
After my visit to Gaza, I have remained in occasional contact with Ahmed, as he has sent me several of his articles to comment on. Late last year, he agreed to become CTIP’s part-time correspondent. He has contributed three articles so far:
- the first inviting Canadians (and in particular young Canadians) to come to visit Gaza,
- an interesting article about those Israeli drones that fly continually over Gaza.
- a third article explaining why Palestinians in Gaza keep on demonstrating against Trump’s decision over Jerusalem at significant risk to life and limb.
Meet Ahmed by video
I recently came upon a lovely 3 minute video made by two young Gaza based videographers who call themselves the “Khaldi Twins”. In the video Ahmed introduces himself, and explains his love for Gaza despite all their difficulties, and his struggle to remain positive and optimistic in a very dark situation. Every week, the Khaldi twins produce very professional videos about life in Gaza which are posted on their Facebook page.
U got questions for Ahmed, or story ideas?
If you have questions about life as a young person in Gaza, please put them in the comments section of this blog and we will see if we can get Ahmed to address some of your issues.
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