Palestinian youth tell the human stories behind the numbers in the news

Palestinian youth tell the human stories behind the numbers in the news

Jewish Forward covers We Are Not Numbers

"What it's like to never be allowed to leave  your home" is the headline for a commentary in The Forward by Howard Kaplan, a We Are Not Numbers mentor.

He begins this way:

"I mentor four writers in Gaza through We Are Not Numbers, a nonprofit organization founded in 2015 by an American journalist to pair Palestinians under 30 with international mentors. The goal is to help develop the English language skills of Palestinian youth and to educate Westerners about the complexity of life and identity in Gaza. All my mentees write autobiographical fiction, most of it in fact, memoir. I communicate with them on Facebook where we exchange drafts in Messenger.

"My most prolific student, Enas Fares Ghannam, 29, is a graduate of Al-Azhar University and works as a translator in Gaza City. Her short story, ‘Always on the Inside Looking Out’ has taught me more about life in Gaza than anything else I’ve read."

Read the entire article by Howard, and the piece by Enas he mentions.