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

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

Dear Santa, one year later

Basman Derawi | 22-12-2017

A sequel to my letter of last year.

Dear Santa,
here we meet again.
My wish list is still
the same.

I wish for
a full day of electricity.
Travel out of Gaza
and back.

To fish in peaceful waters
under a moon.
To drink water that
tastes sweet.

But under winter's clouds,
we have only four hours of power.
The gates are closed,
a curfew at sea.

Drones fly in the sky
and in my head.
They steal my sleep,
leaving insomnia instead.

My country is
erased from the map
like a mistake
in the world’s memory.

Dear Santa,
a new year will come—
will my list
see the sun?

Posted: December 21, 2017

Mentor: Zeina Azzam


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