In November, WANN published fourteen stories and conducted four activities.
How Palestinian prisoners become victims of negligence in Israeli prisons | November 1, 2022 | Lubna Abdelwahab Abuhashem | “I wait for his body. I want to see him. I cry my eyes out every day,” his mother bemoaned.
Medical students graduate, thanks to crowdsourcing| November 2, 2022 | Israa Mohammed Jamal | The Sanad campaign raised enough funds to help 73 medical students pay their tuition and obtain their degrees.
From Gaza to Jerusalem: A tourist in my own Palestine | November 11, 2022 | Haneen Abed Elnaby | I once could experience Ramallah only vicariously, yet now, I was actually walking its streets.
UNRWA’s promises to compensate destroyed houses are evaporating | November 15, 2022 | Asma Azme Amra | Years after Israel’s 2014 attack, some Gazans remain in deplorable living conditions, and also in debt.
Gaza artist: When I paint, I feel pleasure and relief | November 15, 2022 | Shahd Safi | Few Gazan artists are able to make a living from their talent.
We Are Not Numbers Christmas Tour 2022
In partnership with our British partner, Amos Trust Organization, WANN representatives Issam Adwan and Ahmed Alnaouq embarked on a speaking tour in the United Kingdom. Their presentations covered the effects of 16 years of Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip and the stories behind the numbers of victims in the news. They also described the genesis and impact of WANN.
The tour covered multiple cities: Manchester (11/25), Liverpool (11/26), Birmingham (11/27), Oadby (near Leicester, 11/28), Durham (11/30), Leeds (12/01), London (12/02), and Bristol (12/11).
Graduation of the first cohort of the new WANN Reports project
In September WANN launched a new project, WANN Reports, that aims to empower WANNers in journalistic writing. Participants are taught how to conduct interviews and gather information from sources to write a journalistic story documenting the experiences of Palestinians.
Through this training, WANNers produce feature articles that are published on the websites of our partners, which include Palestine Chronicle and Mondoweiss. An objective of the training is to be able to give a voice to the marginalized groups that suffer under Israeli occupation. A second objective is to help participants gain financial independence by developing as writers and becoming paid journalists and freelancers.
WANNers visited a cultural exhibit
To help better understand their own community, our writers visited and interacted with a cultural exhibit, Women in Folk Tales, on display at the Islamic University of Gaza. The exhibition encompassed issues affecting women, as conveyed via passed-down stories, from multiple cultures including those of Palestine, Scotland, Ireland, Brazil, Nigeria, Malaysia, Native Americans, Cuba, and the Berbers.
WANNers enjoy an outing (Tasha)
Our writers of cohort 2022 have done an excellent job over the past six months, committing to attending the sessions and activities and writing stories. We are so proud of them! So they deserved a day out together as an appreciation for their efforts. They went to the beach, and did some activities, including contests and guessing games. Writers enjoyed communicating and meeting each other, and the day ended with a luncheon.
Who wrote this?
This activities report was prepared by Ahmed Hosni Dremly, a WANN writer. He is a Gaza-based journalist and translator. His articles have appeared in the Palestine Chronicle, Mondoweiss, and We Are Not Numbers and they have been translated and published by French and Italian websites and newspapers. One of his essays, about the 2021 aggression on Gaza, was selected as one of 20 Cinta Gaza Malaysia Prize winners and is being published in a book.