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

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

In the Hospital

Basman Derawi | 13-03-2019

Editor's note: Basman Derawi is a physiotherapist with Gaza's Ministry of Health. The hospital is familiar ground to him.

In the hospital,
an amputee lies on a bed
touching the stump of his leg,
tenderly, crying.

In another room,
a young girl wears
an oxygen mask,
her chest heaving visibly.

In the hallway, a young man
walks with crutches,
swinging his bent leg
despite the weight of clamps and screws.

Aches and prayers
fill the walls, the halls,
their vessels looking to God
under fire, blockade,
and a silent sky.

Posted: March 12, 2019

Mentor: Zeina Azzam


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