Having outsmarted the rain, children of Asira today were busy bubbling. Using home-made tools (dish-washing liquid, water, sugar, baking powder, glycerin, rope, and sticks) they created colorful flying soap bubbles… and a huge mess in the Retaj center. Lots of fun and beautiful childhood moments.
The playful activity was carefully documented by dedicated photojournalists and film-makers from the Asira Retaj Children Team. Here:
لقد أمتلأت شوارع قرية عصيرة القبلية (جنوبي مدينة نابلس، فلسطين) بالشاحنات التي تحمل الحجارة لعدة أشهر، وخلقت المشاكل المرورية والتي تشكل خطرا على تلاميذ المدارس الذين، يميلون إلى اللعب في شوارع القرية التي تفتقر إلى المرافق المناسبة،. واستمرار تدفق الشاحنات من وإلى المحجر القريب أيضا يلوث الهواء ويسبب صعوبات في التنفس للمرضى وكبار السن، والأطفال.
هذا هو التقرير الأول للفيديو الذي أدلى به أبناء عصيرة الذين يحضرون ورش عمل الفيديو في مركز المجتمع المحلي ريتاج.
The streets of Asira al-Qibliya village (south of Nablus, Palestine) have been filled with stone-carrying trucks for several months, creating traffic problems and posing danger to schoolchildren who, lacking proper amenities, tend to play in the street. The constant flow of trucks to and from the nearby quarry also pollutes the air and causes breathing difficulties for the sick, the elderly, and the children.
This is the first video report made by children of Asira who attend video workshops at the local community center Retaj.
On a sunny January afternoon children of Asira had a workshop on how to use the camera for pictures and video. Quick to learn, they got some very creative results..
Of their environment:
After a one-day film/media workshop, the children – on their own initiative – produced this video, recounting their Sebastiya trip:
On Sunday 18th January 2015 children of Asira went on a field-trip to Sebastiya, a village with a huge Roman heritage, just north of Nablus city. None of them had been there before, and thus learning of their heritage as the people of Palestine was very exciting.
At 8 am that sunny Sunday morning 18 children gathered at Retaj, waiting for the bus to take them on a field trip to Sebastiya, a Roman village north of Nablus. A half-hour away from their native Asira, none of the children had been to Sebastiya before.
In high spirits and with backpacks full of home-made sandwiches, the children were waiting impatiently for the day to start, a day that would take them to Sebastiya, a soap factory in Nablus, and an urban park filled with swings and sunshine. Continue reading
From Asira to Gaza, from Asira to all of Palestine.
Lovingly handcrafted in Asira in traditional Palestinian manner and motives, these and other items bring the much-needed income to the village women, who then use the money to provide for their families, especially the children.
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On the 16th of April, Asira al-Qibliya remembered Vittorio Arrigoni, the Italian solidarity activist killed in Gaza on 15th April, 2011. Continue reading