Fadi O. Al-Naji

Fadi, 23, is a graduate in English language and literature from Al-Azhar University, Gaza. "Writing is my only way to escape from a life full of misery, boredom and depression. My perfect moment is when I pick up the pen after preparing a cup of coffee, with a cigarette flaming in my mouth; then words begin to flow with no way to stop," he says. Fadi feels it's time to produce something for his homeland, Palestine; it's time to share his voice with the entire world; it's time to write what he sees and encounters.

"What I'm mostly concerned with when I write is to show reality as it is, portraying what precisely happens in Palestine from within, without exaggeration," he says. Fadi summarizes life in Palestine this way: "We confront a life full of ups and downs; it's about how to keep yourself standing despite the varied, vast waves of suffering."