“There’s really no such thing as the ‘voiceless.’ There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.” --Arundhati Roy
When the world talks about Palestinians living under occupation and in refugee camps, it is usually in terms of politics and numbers – specifically, how many killed, injured, homeless and/or dependent on aid.
But numbers are impersonal, and often numbing. What they don’t convey are the daily personal struggles and triumphs, the tears and the laughter, the aspirations that are so universal that if it weren’t for the context, they would immediately resonate with virtually everyone.
That’s why established and aspiring “word artists” from around the world have joined with youth in Gaza, and now, Lebanon, to create "WE ARE NOT NUMBERS: We are individuals trying to change the world." Through this platform, we share and celebrate their stories, with experienced authors mentoring the youth.
You can read more about how We Are Not Numbers began in these two essays:
Or watch this video:
We operate under the umbrella of the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor, an independent, international nonprofit. With a focus on the Middle East-North Africa region, Euro-Med investigates and exposes human rights violations, suggests solutions to intractable conflicts and nurtures the next generation of advocates.