Israa Mohammed Jamal

An English literature graduate and a mother of five (ages 2-11) living in Gaza's southern city of Rafah, Israa has a passion for expressing herself through language. She writes, "Our life is full of many suffocating problems because of our occupied minds and hearts. I’m trying to replace darkness and pessimistic thoughts with light and optimism by writing. We Are Not Numbers gives me the chance to fly in my ambition’s sky, although I'm Palestinian and live in ccupied Palestine."