Abdallah grew up in Rafah, in the far south of the Gaza Strip along the Egyptian border, and studies English language and literature at al-Azhar University—thanks to a scholarship from the Fakhoora program. He says he is driven by a desire to achieve excellence in everything he does, as well as to earn money to help support his family. (The family business, a marble factory, was destroyed in Israel’s 2014 war on Gaza.) He hopes to graduate as soon as possible and pursue his master’s degree in public administration abroad. In addition to We Are Not Numbers, Abdallah finds escape and enjoyment working out at the gym.